April 23, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU graduate helps design baseball history museum
READING, Pa. – Matthew Jackson, a 2001 Slippery Rock University sports management graduate, is finding out his SRU history classes may have been just as important as his sport management classes.
Jackson, now with the Reading Phillies, Reading’s minor league baseball team, is part of the crew working on the Baseballtown Living History Museum in Reading’s First Energy Stadium.
He was among those featured in a WFMZ-TV, Channel 69, news story over the weekend that showed part of the new display. The station covers the Lehigh Valley.
The display includes photos of slugger Roger Maris and former Reading high school coach and baseball notable Cooter Jones.
The Reading teams have formerly been known as the Reading Indians and the Reading Red Sox and this display covers the team’s entire history.
“It’s almost like adding a piece of Cooperstown to our stadium,” Jackson told the news crew referencing National Baseball’s Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y.
"It's kind of like that next link in the chain that kind of tells the story about the history of our ballpark," said Jackson, who played baseball at Reading High School and was coached by Jones.
"Now grandfathers will be able to tell their sons and grandsons this is what the stadium looked like when I was here in 1951," said Jackson
The new display includes such major Baseball Hall of Fame members as Hank Greenberg, general manager for the Cleveland Indians, in the 1950s and the man responsible for bringing the Indians from Wilkes-Barre to Reading.
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