Upon entering the Sports Museum of Los Angeles, you are suddenly overwhelmed with the sense of history the museum is built upon.Gary Cypres, founder and curator, has thousands of sports memorabilia on display in Downtown Los Angeles.

From the first exhibit to the last, each of the 10,000 items in the museum is there to tell a story about the times now past and how each sport became what we know of them today. Most of the museum heavily relies on Cypres’ baseball collection, starting with his vintage baseball card exhibit.

Each of the three rooms has its walls filled with old baseball cards dating back to 1887.

There is even a tribute to the first baseball card, which had a picture of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first complete professional team.

But the center of the exhibit holds not only the most expensive baseball card, but also the most expensive item Cypres owns.

A Honus Wagner T206 Tobacco card from 1909 is not only a rarity; it has been named the “Mona Lisa” of baseball cards, priced at approximately $2.8 million.

Visitors can also learn about the history of the bat, the glove and the catcher.

But the main focus of the baseball exhibits revolve around three franchises synonymous with to baseball; the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and New York Yankees.

The Dodgers exhibit pays tribute to some of the key moments of the teams’ history, like the club’s first title in 1955 and its move to L.A. in 1958.

There is also a tribute to PCC’s own Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to be signed to a major league team.

The Boston Red Sox exhibits pay tribute to the 1903 team, which was the first team to win a World Series, and the breaking of “The Curse” when the 2004 Red Sox broke an 86-year championship drought, which began after the team sold Babe Ruth’s contract to the New York Yankees.

The New York Yankees exhibits pay tribute to three key members in the club’s history: George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr., Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig.

Babe Ruth has many exhibits, but the most impressive is a statue honoring “Babe Ruth’s Called Shot,” where he pointed to left field during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, predicting a home run.

DiMaggio has an exhibit with the number “56”, honoring his hitting streak. The display shows the ball that tied the record at 45 hits, the ball that broke the record at 46 hits, and the ball that ended the record and could have potentially been hit #57.

The Lou Gehrig tribute pays homage to the 2,130 consecutive games he played during his time as a Yankee.

The tribute also has a picture honoring the man who would go on to break his record in 1995, the Baltimore Orioles’ Cal Ripken, Jr.

While the most of the museum is dedicated to baseball, there are a few exhibits to basketball and football.

The basketball exhibit displays the history of the rim and the original rules written by James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.

The football exhibit pays tribute to the first game of football, the history of the ball, the helmet (which is also credited as an invention by Naismith), and a tribute to the man who shaped football to what we know of it as today, John Heisman.

The museum is still looking to expand, but as it stands today, it is a walk into the past, and sports enthusiasts can spend a day enjoying the history that the museum is built upon.

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