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Baseball exhibit set to open in West Branch

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1931- President Herbert Hoover throwing out the first ball of the World Series game played in Philadelphia between the Cardinals and the Athletics 1931- President Herbert Hoover throwing out the first ball of the World Series game played in Philadelphia between the Cardinals and the Athletics
WEST BRANCH (KWWL) -

An exhibit featuring more than 180 baseballs signed by world leaders and heads of state is set to open on Saturday.

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum is set to exhibit a large portion of the Randy L. Kaplan Collection. The exhibit called "The Signature of Baseball" features baseballs signed by the late South African President Nelson Mandela and former leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher.

Kaplan began collecting these baseballs in 1996 when then President Bill Clinton signed a baseball for him at a meeting in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit also contains baseball memorabilia from Herbert Hoover's private collection. His collection includes tickets, medals, and baseballs. A ball signed by Babe Ruth, along with another ball signed by Herbert Hoover and the New York Yankees, will also be on display.

The exhibit also contains the history of the Cedar Rapids Kernels and an interactive baseball field where visitors learn about the history of the game.

The Signature of Baseball will be on display at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum in West Branch from January 24 through March 22. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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