Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Oddball” exhibit has been two years in the making. The baseball-themed exhibit of oddities officially opens Saturday, March 5, at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

Edward Meyer, VP of exhibits and archives for Ripley’s, and Anne Jewell, VP and executive director of the Slugger Museum, unveiled the exhibit to the media Friday afternoon. In addition to wacky baseball-related items like a replica of Yankee Stadium made out of matchsticks and a portrait of Pete Rose painted on rose petals, there also are a number of Kentucky-themed pieces.

A 6-foot portrait of Jennifer Lawrence made out of peanuts, a Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow made out of seashells and debris, and a portrait of Tom Cruise made out of ketchup and mustard are just a few of our home-state heroes immortalized out of weird stuff.

In fact, the exhibit relies heavily on stuff made out of stuff you don’t usually make stuff out of — like gum and dog hair. (If you look through the above photo gallery, you’ll notice I took almost no pictures of the actual baseball displays and all the pictures of stuff out of stuff, so apparently I’m a fan.)

A few of Ripley’s signature oddities are also displayed, such as the two-headed calf (which made for a great “another kind of ‘double-header'” joke).

Robert Ripley was a baseball man before he was a cartoonist and eventually a collector. He broke his arm before trying out for the New York Giants and ended his career.

“Ripley was a lot of things: writer, explorer, movie star, radio personality — but first and foremost he was a sports-loving cartoonist,” said Meyer. “His original baseball drawings capture the sense of motion and detailed realism that were the hallmark of his art style.”

OOHology did the branding and design for the exhibit, alongside folks from the Slugger Museum. Brad Luttrell, creative director at OOHology, said they put “hundreds of hours” into the work.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Slugger Museum & Factory. And this is the first time Ripley’s has put together a baseball-themed exhibit. The exhibit is included with the regular admission price and is open through Jan. 8, 2017.



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