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Ichiro Artifacts on Display in Cooperstown

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By The North American Post Staff

Former Seattle Mariner star Ichiro Suzuki is known as a Cooperstown returner, recognizing the site as his special place. According to the U.S. media he has visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame six times. He is also known as a dedicated contributor for flourishing the museum with pieces in baseball history.

After making a memorable milestone of 3,000 hits in the big leagues last week, Ichiro, currently a Miami Marlins outfielder, added several of his artifacts including his Marlins road jersey and pants, spikes, batting gloves, wrist bands, elbow guard and socks.

The items have been on display since Tuesday.

According to the museum, Ichiro has donated over two-dozen three-dimensional artifacts since 2000. The bat used to collect his record 262nd hit in 2004 as a Seattle Mariners is on display along with a bat from his seventh batting title with the Orix of the Nippon Professional Baseball Pacific League, his batting helmet from the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006 and the spikes from his 500th career stolen base recorded this April.

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