LEE, Mass. - Baseball in the Berkshires has a new temporary home in the form of a free exhibit in the Lee Premium Outlets.

What You Need To Know

  • Baseball in the Berkshires has a new exhibit at the Lee Outlets on display which opened Thursday

  • The free exhibit is open Thursdays to Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., July 6 to Aug. 31

  • Baseball in the Berkshires is seeking volunteers to help meet and greet guests through August

  • The organization presents exhibits and educational programs throughout the year telling the story of Baseball in the Berkshires

Director Larry Moore said the history begins with the infamous Broken Window Law of 1791, almost 50 years before Abner Doubleday is thought to have invented the game.

“The broken window law states that no game of ball, one would be baseball, could be played within 80 yards of the new town hall," Moore said. "Obviously, because it had stained glass windows and they didn't want broken. Everybody says that means that Pittsfield is the start of baseball, and really it isn’t. But it is the first government document stating that a game of baseball was being played in 1791.”

As the game of baseball has evolved, so too has its history in the Berkshires.

“We then move onto the first college game," Moore said, "which was played in Pittsfield in, let's see, 1859 between Amherst and Williams.”

According to Baseball in the Berkshires, there are more than 40 major league players, including two hall of famers, and more than 210 minor league players who were born, raised or settled here in the Berkshires. Additionally, more than 100 non-player professionals like scouts and executives are from the county.

Walking through the free exhibit gives a glimpse of many of their stories and highlights some famous names who stopped by for a few games like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

“This is by far our largest display," Moore said. "We have almost 8,000 square feet hoping to bring not only our local people in, but also getting our visitors from all over Boston, New York City, and to show them the fascinating rich history of baseball in the Berkshires. And it isn't one area, it's the whole county. It's from Clarksburg to Sheffield. And it seems like just when you think you can close the book on the history, something new pops up. Absolutely amazing."

The exhibit is open Thursdays through Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lee Outlets. Baseball in the Berkshires is also looking for volunteers who are high school age and older to help meet and greet guests from now through August.