With the World Series beginning play this week, more local baseball diamonds will be glittering on the forefront and in memory — and memorabilia — this weekend in St. Albans.
“Little League: St. Albans and Beyond,” a visual history of Little League baseball in and around the city, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, in conjunction with the opening of the St. Albans Little League Museum at Billy Dunn Field.
Curator Carolyn S. Quinlan will oversee the opening of the new Little League museum and the tours at the field, 2705 Monroe Ave. in St. Albans.
Spectators will be able to view exhibits from the inception of Little League baseball to St. Albans as well as on the national level.
Artifacts on display on the tour include the St. Albans Little League Constitution, photographs and uniforms from as early as the 1950s, a history of who Billy Dunn was, profiles of 1950s Little League teams, an umpire exhibit and more mementos over the decades, Quinlan said.
A lifelong St. Albans resident, Quinlan said she envisioned the museum in 2012 as she finished earning her master’s degree at Marshall University Graduate College. Quinlan earned her master of arts degree in Humanities in 2013 and her bachelor of arts degree in Sociology from West Virginia State College in 1970.
Her passion for Little League baseball started in the 1980s as her husband, Pat, and three sons, Patrick, Scott and Casey, started to participate in the sport.
In 2011, Quinlan took her first trip to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the home of Little League baseball and the annual Little League World Series. “This is when the spark caught fire,” she said.
“I want people to have a Little League reunion, really, to conjure up old memories,” said Quinlan “That’s my ultimate goal, to bring people together. Little League baseball was such a strong part of our community and a special part of St. Albans.”
The exhibit will be open to the public Saturday from noon until 5 p.m., with the ribbon-cutting ceremony to be conducted at noon.
The event is free, with ballpark-style food, such as hot dogs and pizza, and other refreshments served while supplies last.
For more details, visit the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/events/303872127089667 or contact Casey Quinlan at 304-685-9546.