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From human hands, to leather gloves. On the heels of the highly successful and semi-controversial exhibition delving into the human body, the Dallas Museum of Nature & Science this week debuts its kindler, gentler endeavor -- baseball.

In conjunction with the State Fair of Texas, the DMNS will host Baseball As America, the most significant exhibition of baseball artifacts and history ever assembled. If you never make it to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., this will be the next best thing. Hall of Famers George Brett, Fergie Jenkins, Jim Palmer, Ozzie Smith and Billy Williams will be in town tomorrow for a sneak preview of the exhibit, which runs Friday through Jan. 13, 2008. During the Fair admission is $1, about the going rate for Rangers ’08 season tickets.

At the exhibit you’ll see the first ball pitched by Cy Young in the first World Series in 1903, Harry Caray’s famous glasses and historic photographs and artifacts of Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Joe DiMaggio. You won’t see much Rangers-related other than a strikeout ball from Nolan Ryan or perhaps a steroid syringe once shared by Jose Canseco and Rafael Palmeiro. You also won’t see Barry Bonds’ historic No. 756 home run ball, especially if you, like I just did, vote to launch it into space.

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