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Renteria's bat among Hall-bound artifacts

Renteria's bat among Hall-bound artifacts

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The Giants' first World Series title since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958 was earned in historic fashion on Monday night with a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., has already come calling.

The Hall has already acquired donations for its World Series exhibit, which will open in approximately 10 days and will be on display through next year's postseason.

Included in the Hall's haul are significant artifacts from San Francisco's five-game Series triumph, including the bat used by World Series Most Valuable Player Edgar Renteria to hit the three-run home run that essentially won Game 5 and clinched the Fall Classic for the Giants.


The Hall will also display mementos of a magnificent pitching staff -- the road jersey worn by Giants starter Tim Lincecum during his eight-inning, 10-strikeout victory in Game 5 at Arlington and caps worn by 21-year-old Game 4 winning pitcher Madison Bumgarner and Game 2 winner Matt Cain.

National League Championship Series MVP Cody Ross homered in the World Series, too, and his contributions will be honored by the Hall in the form of the batting helmet that Ross wore throughout the five-game set.

Veteran first baseman Aubrey Huff also got props. The slugger, whose two-run home run powered San Francisco to a huge win in Game 4, donated the left spike that he wore in the Series to the Hall.

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Edgar Renteria becomes the fifth shortstop in history to win World Series MVP honors.
Player Team Season AVG. HRs
Edgar Renteria SF 2010 .333 2
David Eckstein STL 2006 .364 0
Derek Jeter NYY 2000 .409 2
Alan Trammell DET 1984 .450 2
Bucky Dent NYY 1978 .417 0

But the Giants weren't the only team honored. The American League champion Rangers made their World Series debut and were acknowledged. Set for display in upstate New York is the bat Mitch Moreland used to hit a Game 3 three-run home run that paced Texas to the only Fall Classic victory in team history.

Also, the Hall will show the ceremonial first-pitch ball from Game 4, delivered by President George W. Bush, along with President George H. W. Bush, and signed by both men.

Finally, the Hall will be shipped dirt taken from the pitcher's mound following Game 3, which was the first World Series game to be played in North Texas.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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