SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – Just in time to play ball, the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield is opening a new exhibit featuring the St. Louis Cardinals rivalry with the Chicago Cubs.

Museum officials say “Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry” was developed with the help of both teams and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The exhibit is to open March 24.

Illinois State Historian Sam Wheeler says the items on display include a rare piece of history from “Stan the Man” from when he returned to the Cardinals after serving in the Navy in World War II.

“This is the jersey that he wore when he won the MVP and led the Cardinals to another world championship. It’s an amazing piece of St. Louis Cardinal history, but this jersey, when you think about that context, that’s a piece of American history right there,” Wheeler says.

Other items planned for the exhibit includes Items planned for the exhibit include:

– The second-base bag stolen by Cardinals star (and former Cub) Lou Brock on Sept. 10, 1974, to break the modern record – for steals in a season
– The cap worn by Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood when he struck out 20 batters on May 6, 1998
– A chart kept by Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog to track the hitting trends of Cubs slugger Andre Dawson
– A watch fob owned by Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown with medallions for the Cubs’ 1907 and 1908 World Series victories and 1906 pennant win
– Shoes worn by Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman when he set the major league record for stolen bases by a rookie in 1985
– Gear worn or used by such greats as Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson, Stan Musial, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Gibson, Sammy Sosa, Albert Pujols and more.

The exhibit runs through the end of the year.

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