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JIMMY ROLLINS A CLASS ACT DONATES PHILLIES MEMORABILIS TO THE ATWATER KENT MUSEUM & wedding bell news

On Monday, December 21, a day after the big snow ended, the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia (AKMP) accepted the donation of baseball memorabilia from the Phillies’ 2008 World Championship and 2009 National League Championship seasons from shortstop Jimmy Rollins and team president David Montgomery at a ceremony held at the Independence Visitor Center. The mayor was late no doubt because of the snow and emergency commitments. So I took some crowd shots. Who’s this in the crowd but former Managing Director Phil Goldsmith (thanks Phyllis)
Councilman Bill Greenly was among the peeps in the packed room.
Among the donated items will be Rollins’ 2008 World Series Championship season uniform. Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia Executive Director and CEO Viki Sand will accept the items. In addition to the presentation, there will be a screening of “Base Ball: The Philadelphia Game,” narrated by Rollins, a “webisode” which is part of the documentary film “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” a work in progress by Sam Katz of History Making Productions.Carol Tinari, with daughter Nina Tinari and Nicole Cashman. They all look snugly warm. Speaking of snugly warm, Nina just returned from a trip to Dallas, but only the game was disappointing as she watched it in Dee Lincoln‘s club box with Kelly Boyd (who I ran into last Thursday at Parc looking great and celebrating the 6 new clients she signed for the new year), local Del Frisco’s GM, Shang Skipper, who was promoted to regional manager for Sullivan’s and starts in February. As for Carol Tinari she has a big wedding to execute for her other daughter Mia, which just might be the social wedding of 2010.

The Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia (AKMP) is the gateway to city history. Founded 70 years ago as the history museum of the City of Philadelphia, students, families, metropolitan residents, national and international visitors discover the city and gain insight into contemporary urban life through exhibitions and programs. In 2009, major renovations to the historic, 1826 Museum Building are transforming exhibitions, programs, and public services.
“We are delighted to accept Jimmy Rollins’ uniform and the Phillies memorabilia for the Philadelphia history collection. Mr. Rollins’ and the Phillies’ generous contributions add to a continuing story of the city’s great sporting heritage. We are currently in the midst of a major renovation to turn the historic building on 7th street into a dynamic 21st century museum for Philadelphians and visitors. Jimmy’s uniform will be the centerpiece of an all-new Philadelphia sports gallery when we reopen in the fall of 2010,” AKMP Executive Director and CEO Viki Sand says.
Johari Smith and her parents were there at the ceremony, and in two short weeks will be in the Cayman Islands marrying her fiance Jimmy Rollins with Shane Victorino in the wedding party, a source told me Tuesday. (Jimmy was in Shane’s wedding party too.) Many of the Phillies will be attending the wedding.
“The past two seasons have been a special time for our ball club,” said Phillies president David Montgomery. “We are delighted that these seasons and 127 years of Phillies baseball will be memorialized along with many other Philadelphia sports moments with the opening of the Atwater Kent Museum’s sports collection. We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting new exhibit.”
“This exhibit will preserve the legacy of Philadelphia baseball,” said Jimmy Rollins, Phillies shortstop. “Fans will get the chance to relive some of baseball’s greatest moments for years to come.”AKMP currently cares for a diverse collection of Philadelphia baseball memorabilia items that includes artificial turf, seats, and a ticket turnstile from Veterans’ Stadium, the 1982 uniform of Phillies legend Mike Schmidt, a signed baseball from the 1930 team including the autograph of Connie Mack, a ticket to the 1929 World Championship Games at Shibe Park, and an autographed team photo of the 1910 World Championship Philadelphia Athletics. Sam Katz told the story of how he got Jimmy Rollin’s involved. Sam’s wife Connie Katz works out at the same gym as Jimmy’s fiance Johari Smith. Connie just asked Johari if
Jimmy would be interested in narrating the film on the history of the Philadelphia Baseball game, and the rest as they say is history.
Go Phillies 2010