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Yankees Exhibit Conjures Up Memories at Riverdale Home

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Some diehard Yankees fans who can't get out and about like they used to don't need to take a trip to Cooperstown, or even Yankee Stadium, to see relics of their past, as Yankee Stadium has come to them. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.

The sounds and sights of Yankee Stadium are conjuring up memories.

"Wednesdays was ladies' day," said Yankees fan Beverly Herzog. "Ten cents on ladies' day, many years ago, and that's when it was great."

"I do remember that DiMaggio had a .345 batting average," said Yankees fan Bill Beck.

Baseball, and the Bronx Bombers, specifically, is being used therapeutically at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

"It has resonance with so many people in our community," said Mary Fakas, director of therapeutic activities at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. "So because of its accessibility, it works with both long-term and short-term memory, and for our residents who are living with cognitive impairments, baseball is still something that resonates for them."

The baseball theme is woven into many activities, such as creating baseball cards of their own.

"My grandchildren will crack up. Nanny has a bat in her hand," Herzog said.

Reflecting on the sport jogs memories that might otherwise be lost if it wasn't for America's pastime.

"I got married, and my husband and I were traveling, and we were Yankee fans," said Yankee fan Joan Jackson. "After he died, unfortunately, in Vietnam, I came back with my five kids, and the thing I had to do was find something to do and be positive, and the Yankees became it."

The idea grew out of the permanent Yankees Dugout exhibit that just opened here.

The exhibit is more than simply a tribute to the team. It looks like something straight out of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Steiner Sports donated hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of items to the exhibit that will be updated periodically.

"It's not just something hanging, but it's something you can really react and interact with," said David Pomeranz, COO of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. "You can sit in a dugout seat. You can get a chance to sit on a seat from the old stadium."

As an American Alliance of Museums member, the Hebrew Home brings the experience to folks who can't easily get out.

The Yankees Dugout is just one of several exhibits and pieces of art on display to residents, and the public Sunday through Thursday.

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