Taking Baseball Hall of Fame on the Road

Nov 02, 2004

If you're a baseball fan (and who isn't!) you may want to take in Baseball as America, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's first national touring exhibition, examining the relationship between baseball and American culture. The national tour of Baseball as America is sponsored by Ernst & Young. And Atlas is making sure it is transported and handled with the care that artifacts of our national pastime deserve.

"Every move involves seven climate-controlled truckloads, each handled by dual drivers," says David Hillemann, Account Manager with A-1 Moving & Storage in Jupiter, Florida, an Atlas agency providing logistics services. "About two weeks are required for setting up each event, as well as for taking down."

Traveling to ten of the nation's leading museums over a four-year period, the exhibition opened in March 2002 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. David's work on the project began a few months earlier when he was approached by Dietl International, a shipping management company specializing in high-end gallery and museum exhibits.

"We consulted with David during the estimating phase of the project," says Derrick Hilbertz, Dietl Operations Manager. "We have a good working relationship with him and are confident of the quality he brings to us in domestic trucking services."


Curt Schilling's baseball cap from the 2001 World Series.

At the start of the project, David was affiliated with another van line. He has since joined the Atlas team, and the transition has been a smooth one.

"Although the project's requirements have become more challenging, there have been no service hiccups, no problems," says Derrick. "Everything has gone quite well."

To date, the exhibition has visited six cities. The next opportunity to view it is at the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis, from December 19 this year until April 24, 2005. The exhibition will then travel to Houston and Oakland before concluding in September 2006 at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit.


Mickey Mantle's 1952 baseball card.

As an integral part of the Baseball as America team, David [Hillemann] has helped to bring Cooperstown to almost two million fans across the country. With a very tight schedule between cities, we've come to rely on him to ensure that our moves are timely and our priceless pieces of baseball history are safely transported.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of the game and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our national pastime. For more information visit www.baseballhalloffame.org.



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