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Cooperstown to capture Series relics

Cooperstown to capture Series relics

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees made history in winning their 27th World Series championship on Wednesday night. And what better place to commemorate that history than at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.?

A host of items from the World Series are on their way to upstate New York, headlined by the bat Series MVP Hideki Matsui used to drive in a record-tying six runs in Game 6.

Matsui's Game 6 bat will be joined by that of shortstop Derek Jeter, who had three more hits on Wednesday to finish with 11 knocks in 27 at-bats in the Fall Classic. Other items en route to Cooperstown are the following:

• Postseason caps of Mariano Rivera -- who closed out a World Series for the fourth time -- and Phillies ace Cliff Lee.

• The World Series cap of Andy Pettitte, who won the clinching game in all three rounds for the Yankees.

• The catching masks of Jorge Posada and Jose Molina.

• The Game 6 scorecard of Yankees radio broadcaster Suzyn Waldman -- the first woman to call a World Series.

• The spikes Johnny Damon used to pull off perhaps the Series' biggest moment, a personal double steal in the ninth inning of Game 4.

• The first ball to come out of play during Game 1 of the World Series, which was the first Fall Classic at the new Yankee Stadium.

All the memorabilia from the 2009 Fall Classic will be part of the Autumn Glory exhibit, which honors the sport's current champion. The exhibit will open in mid-November and run through next year's postseason.

Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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