Newport Sports Museum

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The Newport Sports Museum was a sports museum in Newport Beach, California, USA. It closed in 2014.

Collection[edit]

The Newport Sports Museum owned over 10,000 items of sports memorabilia including items from football, baseball, basketball, hockey and golf. The museum also had an Olympic collection.[1] Notable items included Babe Ruth's last home run ball which is signed, Wayne Gretzky's 900th goal puck and hundreds of game worn and autographed jerseys from all sports.

History[edit]

The Newport Sports Museum was started in 1953 when, at the age of 12 years, John W. Hamilton was given a signed football from the Look All-American Football Team. Hamilton’s collection was reported to be one of the largest displays of sports memorabilia ever assembled.[2] In 1995, Hamilton along with several athletes, decided to open the museum. The collection was housed in a Newport Center office building owned by Hamilton, a commercial real estate developer.[3]

Hamilton announced the museum's closing in April 2014. The decision came shortly after the museum suffered the loss of a number of valuable baseballs in a nighttime burglary. Hamilton cited his health and the costs of upkeep as reasons for his decision.[2] The building was burglarized again in May 2014, just before an auction began to sell off many of the items in the collection.[4]

References[edit]

  • "Former Olympian Kerr, a UCI product, to speak". Daily Pilot. February 7, 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  • "Museum Has the Smell of History to It". Los Angeles Times. July 26, 1998. Retrieved 13 May 2010.[dead link]
  • "Shangri-La for sports fans". OC Metro. October 1, 2009.

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