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Behringer-Crawford honors local stars with Northern Kentucky Sports Legends Exhibit opening Feb. 16

Have you ever seen a uniform from the professional All-American Girls Baseball League? Did you even know an All-American Girls Baseball League existed?

This jersey and glove belonged to Bill Capel when he played for Nick Carr’s 1939 World Championship team.

It did and it included players from Northern Kentucky such as Covington’s own Pat Scott, whose pitching career was memorialized in the 1992 film, “A League of Their Own,” with Madonna, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks. A replica of her 1950s-era baseball jersey, sewn by Scott herself, is just among the many one-of-a-kind sports artifacts which will be displayed in a new Northern Kentucky Sports Legends exhibit at Behringer-Crawford Museum.

Featuring a wide array of local sports memorabilia belonging to some of the 1,400 Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame inductees, the exhibit will give the public a chance to admire and appreciate the rich athletic history of the region.

The exhibit opening will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 16 with free admission to the museum until 12:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Chuck Kyle, an all-state football player at Highlands who continued his career at Purdue University and played on two NFL teams. There will also be a banner-signing by all attending Hall of Fame inductees and a free JTM Barbecue lunch for attendees.

The exhibit, which marks the 36th anniversary of the NKY Sports Hall of Fame, will highlight major themes in Northern Kentucky sports, including the inherent passion for horseracing and spring sports as well as family legacies and athlete-innovators from across the region.

Visitors will see relics from the historic Latonia Race Track and personal memorabilia from Triple Crown winner Steve Cauthen, a Covington native and possibly the most well-known jockey of all time. Also on display will be mementos pertaining to those who brought about positive change for marginalized groups like women and the disabled in sports.

From bats and basketballs to paintings and photos, BCM’s Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame exhibit will have something to pique any sports-related interest. The exhibit will be on display through May 12 and is included with museum admission. Parking is free.

In conjunction with the exhibit, BCM’s Brown Bag Luncheon on Thursday, February 21 will feature NKY Sports Hall of Famer Dick Maile. A Covington Catholic High School graduate, Maile played basketball for Louisiana State University and the Cincinnati Royals before serving as head coach at Beechwood and Covington Catholic high schools.

The lunch will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the BCM Education Center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.  Bring your own brown bag lunch; drinks and desserts will be provided. Cost: $3 for BCM members; $10 for future BCM members.

For more information, call 859-491-4003, email info@bcmuseum.org or go to www.bcmuseum.org.

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