UML's Bat Lab Featured in Museum of Science Exhibit

06/16/2008
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LOWELL, Mass. ߝ UMass Lowell’s nationally renowned Baseball Research Center is featured as part of a new traveling exhibit, “Baseball as America,” hosted by the Museum of Science in Boston.  The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit opened yesterday.

Running until Sept. 1, the exhibit features more than 500 mementos of baseball history, in addition to interactive exhibits that examine how modern science and technology have influenced the game over time. Popular attractions on the exhibit’s opening day included equipment replicated from the UMass Lowell “Bat Lab,” like a pneumatic cannon that shoots baseballs. Visitors could position themselves behind a catcher’s mask to simulate a real behind-the-plate experience.  A video documentary highlights the baseball lab’s facilities, like the pneumatic cannon, which in the lab, attains ball speeds of 136 miles per hour. It is used to check the performance and durability of NCAA and Major League Baseball balls. In addition, there are high-speed videos of baseball/bat collisions and a sample of a composite bat on display, as well as a presentation or two by the center’s staff during the summer.

UMass Lowell’s Baseball Research Center also provides testing on baseball bat performance and durability and is the official certification center for all NCAA and Major League Baseball bats. 

The exhibit is sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP. For more information, call the Museum at 617-723-2500 or visit www.mos.org.

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