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Babe Ruth in Medford?

Babe Ruth in Medford? One of the most varied and valuable collections of sports memorabilia in the country has recently gone on display in Medford, Oregon. Thanks to the local resident who established it, there's more to the National Sports Hall of Fame than baseball cards and players' jerseys.

The exhibits reflect the varied interests of financier and collector Dennis Walker. They include Muhammad ali's gloves; the uniforms of such greats as Babe Ruth, Wilt Chamberlain, and O.J. Simpson; several of the rarest baseball cards in the world (including a 1910 Honus Wagner); and a huge collection of sports rings and silver bats. Walker's impressive selection of rare coins and precious gems is also here, including a 117-carat diamond, a 6,100-carat topaz, and several gold nuggets--one weighing 40 ounces.

Housed in a former bank building at 81 E. Stewart Avenue, the 4,000-square-foot hall opened in February with a visit by baseball star Pete Rose; Walker hopes to lure other athletes this summer.

This month you can stop by the exhibit 10 to 5:30 Mondays through Thursdays, till at least 7 Fridays and Saturdays; from September through May, hours will be 9 to 4 Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is $2.50 adults, $1 ages 5 to 17, $7.50 per family.
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Title Annotation:Dennis Walker's sports memorabilia
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Date:Aug 1, 1985
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