34-56 107th St.
Corona, NY 11368
Description: Baseball was Louis Armstrong's favorite sport and he followed it passionately. A longtime Brooklyn Dodgers fan, Louis switched to the New York Mets in the late 60s, even attending the deciding game 5 of the 1969 World Series. This exhibit includes photos and artifacts exploring Louis's relationship with the game.
Though a Mets and Dodgers fan, this exhibit features Louis's connections to the Yankees, namely through his manager, Joe Glaser, who was a legendary Yankee fan who attended nearly every home game. When Louis was mobbed by fans during a tour of Buenos Aires in 1957, he asked Glaser to have Yogi Berra send a catcher's mask to protect his "chops." Swingin' with the All Stars includes a photo of Louis in Yogi's mask!
Includes Louis's handwritten list of "my four choice Dodger players at all times," a photo of Louis backstage with Dodgers Don Newcombe and Junior Gilliam, a rare Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald "baseball card" from Holland, and one of Louis's famed tape box collages featuring a photo of the trumpeter with New York Yankees Phil Rizzuto and Joe Collins.
The exhibit also contains information about Louis's "Secret 9" baseball team. In the summer of 1931, Louis returned to New Orleans for the first time since leaving it for Chicago in 1922. While there, Armstrong took interest in a sandlot team, bought them brand new equipment and uniforms and renamed them "Armstrong's Secret 9." The exhibit will include a photo of the Secret 9, an advertisement for one of their games taken from one of Louis's oldest scrapbooks, and a humorous excerpt from an unpublished 1955 manuscript in which Armstrong details how the players were so proud of their new uniforms that they refused to slide and lost every game!