PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Fundraising is underway for a Philadelphia sports museum in South Philadelphia.
Original trunks from the 1971 Frazier-Ali fight. Jackie Robinson’s first minor league contract. Some of the most valuable sports memorabilia on earth was on display next to pallets of cocoa beans in the unheated Jetro warehouse next to Lincoln Financial Field.READ MORE: No Cause Of Death Yet For COVID-Positive Student Who Died Unexpectedly, Camden County School Says
Organizers gathered there to herald plans for the Museum of Sports, scheduled to open in the spring of 2019. Much of the memorabilia is from the vast collection of South Jersey cardiologist Nick DePace.
“Philadelphia deserves it, right in the seat here with all the stadiums,” he said. “Philadelphia is the center of the sports universe, I believe.”READ MORE: 29-Year-Old In Critical Condition After Shooting, Wilmington Police Say
Former governor Ed Rendell is heading up the fundraising.
“This is the city that lives and dies with its teams,” he said.MORE NEWS: UPenn Researchers Behind COVID Vaccine Technology Win 'America's Nobel'
He hinted he would seek a state grant to help fundraising, which is about a quarter of the way toward its $8 million goal.