Crawford's shoes enter Hall exhibit
Rays outfielder ties record with six steals in game
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Only time will tell if Carl Crawford can put together a career that gets him into the same Hall of Fame that Rickey Henderson is about to join. But as of Friday, the two base-stealing record-holders have at least something in common here.
Crawford tied the modern Major League Baseball record Sunday by stealing six bases in a game against the Red Sox, and those blue-and-white shoes he wore during that game just showed up in the archive collections room in the basement of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Coincidentally, Henderson was being given an orientation walk-through tour as the Hall staff was beginning to label and photograph its newest game-used artifacts, which then go up into the Rays locker of the team-by-team present-day exhibit. Henderson took at look at the shoes, held them in his hands to feel their weight, and noticed the striking contrast between them and his own milestone game-used shoes he had just seen for the first time in decades.
His thoughts were mainly on how easy of a day Crawford had it against Boston catcher Jason Varitek. It was the kind of thought Henderson had about so many other catchers during his playing days, when he set the career steals record with 1,406 thefts.
"He didn't stop running that game," Henderson said. "I don't know why everybody on the team didn't run. Everybody should have been running if he was running like that."
Crawford's shoes now join roughly 35,000 artifacts from baseball history, 10 percent of which are on display, according to Erik Strohl, senior director of exhibitions and collections at the Hall.
They will be displayed in the same room as the baseball that Barry Bonds used to break Hank Aaron's all-time home run record, in case you are wondering whatever happened to that. The Bonds ball, which was stamped with an asterisk by fashion designer Mark Ecko and then given to the Hall, has been placed in the Giants locker of that same room.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.