The 2011 World Series champions are already part of history. Less than three days after the Cardinals wrapped their climactic Game 7 win over the Rangers, the souvenirs from the Fall Classic have begun to be displayed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Hall's curators staged a Monday presentation of the newest artifacts to reach the museum, and on Tuesday they'll begin to be sorted with an eye to their permanent display in Cooperstown.
The Hall of Fame will officially put the collection on exhibit starting Nov. 19 as part of a display called Autumn Glory. That exhibit is designed to tell the story of the tumultuous 2011 postseason, and it will remain on display through the completion of the '12 World Series.
"Our job is to tell the story of this historic World Series," said Brad Horn, the Hall of Fame's senior director of communications and education. "These artifacts, which we will preserve in perpetuity, will help us tell this story. Every player in both the Cardinals and the Rangers clubhouse recognizes our role in history. And it's the generosity of players that allows us to preserve this history."
Artifacts in the collection include a jersey worn by David Freese, the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 World Series, and the spikes that Albert Pujols used when he three home runs in Game 3. The Hall also has the game-worn jersey used by St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter in Game 7.
Lance Berkman and Allen Craig both donated bats that they used during the World Series, and manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan gave their caps to the Hall of Fame.
The Rangers, of course, are also part of the display. Adrian Beltre donated the jersey he wore when he hit three home runs against Tampa Bay in Game 4 of the American League Division Series, and Nelson Cruz gave the Hall of Fame a bat, a jersey and batting gloves that he used during his eventful postseason.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.