BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - America's pastime of baseball is now on display at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi. The six month long exhibit "Our Love Affair with Baseball" opened Tuesday.
With the help of former Major League Baseball player Barry Lyons, it features memorabilia like World Series rings and other displays celebrating players from the Coast and baseball in Mississippi.
"This exhibit is just another way to increase the awareness of baseball and the great things that come from it within the community and the unifying effects it has on communities," said Lyons.
Lyons helped organize the exhibit. The memorabilia displayed includes his New York Mets uniform and the ball he hit his only career grand slam with. Lyons' goal is for the display to put a spotlight on baseball's role in South Mississippi by highlighting the accomplishments of players from the area.
"We're trying to honor, recognize and celebrate baseball players, teams and the history of baseball throughout Mississippi, specifically here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Lyons.
Museum Executive Director Kevin O'Brien hopes the exhibit will bring in visitors who would have never even thought about going to an art museum.
"We should really look at this as like an arts and cultural center," said O'Brien. "Sometimes people get put off by art, sometimes they get put off by the look of art and architecture. I think it's very important for them to come here to even get used to the place to where they feel very, very comfortable."
The baseball exhibit is open from now until November 4th. After that O'Brien plans to have regular exhibits on display and he's already working on Keesler and Mardi Gras exhibits.
Also as part of the exhibit, a series of luncheons will be held every Friday featuring guest speakers including Darryl Strawberry and Dale Murphy. For more information and to make reservations visit georgeohr.org.