Just in time for baseball’s Opening Day, Florida Atlantic University received a collection of 562 pieces of baseball and other sports memorabilia valued at more than $10 million.
The generous donation was made by Avron B. Fogelman, the former owner of the Kansas City Royals who now calls Boca Raton home.
“Creating an exhibit to display this collection is a way for us to protect our history; it is a living, breathing account of our country’s history, America’s Pastime and other sports told through artifacts, my own personal stories and the stories of my friends,” Fogelman says in a press release from the university.
Fogelman’s collection includes a pair of Babe Ruth’s pinstrip uniform pants from his first day on the New York Yankees, Joe DiMaggio’s 1936 rookie uniform, a football signed by the 1972 Miami Dolphins during “The Perfect Season,” baseballs signed by Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King, Jr., Roger Maris’ 1961 uniform when he broke the single-season home run record, and more.
The items will be on display hopefully around Thanksgiving, when the school’s new 3,500-square-foot Fogelman Sports Museum will be completed. The avid sports fan also made a $1.8 million donation to go towards building the museum.
“Avron’s passion for sports, coupled with his lifelong dedication to education, are evident through this generous donation,” says John Kelly, the president of FAU. “His desire to bring sports history to life will manifest through our plans for academic integration and community engagement.”