"Such a library as ours would not only contain books and current periodicals,
but there would be...articles of historic, scientific, and artistic interest."
~ Frank C. Patten, Head Librarian of Rosenberg Library, 1904 - 1934
The Library accepted its first museum piece shortly after it opened in 1904. Since then, thousands of rare and interesting objects from around the world have been added to the collection. Displayed in these pages are the Library's "Treasures of the Month."
April 2006 "Treasure of the Month"
Players in the Texas League were often imported from other states and were paid as much as $250 per month. The lack of local players and the inflated salaries outraged many baseball fans in Texas, and attendance at the 25-cent games was often poor. Galveston’s professional team — alternately called the Galvestons, the Giants, or the Sandcrabs — fell into financial trouble when team managers were unable to pay the players their full salaries. Star players were sold off to other teams in order to make up for the deficiency in funds. Money troubles plagued the league for a number of years, but Galveston continued to have a team that was financially supported by the city’s wealthy elite. In 1899, the Galveston Sandcrabs won the state Championship, reviving local enthusiasm for the sport.
1. Silver-plated baseball and wooden bat, ca. 1885. The baseball and bat were awarded to Frank D. Mitchell, captain of Galveston’s amateur Flyaway team upon a victory over its archrival, the Pastime club.
2. Baseball autographed by the Galveston Buccaneers team, ca. 1933. In 1934, the Buccaneers won the Texas League Championship for the first time since 1899.
3. Team photo of the Galveston Buccaneers, 1933.
The Treasure of the Month is located on the library’s historic second floor near the East Entrance. It can be viewed during regular library hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, please contact the Museum Office at 409-763-8854 x 125.