The 5,000 sq ft Football! The Exhibition at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will run through January 2016, The exhibit features over 600 artifacts, including some of the rarest, historic and iconic football memorabilia in the country.
The exhibit has something for everyone, from Heisman Trophies to Super Bowl Rings, vintage posters, old helmets and footballs, a USC vs UCLA section and so much more. I was enjoying the exhibit when I came across this item that caught my eye because it said "Dodgers" on it.
Dodgers? What's a baseball item doing here? Upon further inspection, I realized this was a Brooklyn Dodgers FOOTBALL team cape from the 1940s. The team was named after the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team from 1930 to 1943 (the team was renamed the Brooklyn Tigers in 1944). Learned something new!
Upon further research (thanks Wikipedia), the team name Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers was coined in 1895. The name "Trolley Dodgers" implied the dangers posed by trolley cars in Brooklyn. Beginning in 1892 traditionally horse powered trolley cars began switching to the much faster (and more dangerous) electrical powered cars. The name was soon shortened to Brooklyn Dodgers, which of course became the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958. Watch out for those trolley cars!
The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum Admission fees, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com. Museum exhibit tickets may be pre-purchased at www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets. For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/baseball.