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The excitement around sports in the city following Tim Tebow's signing by the New York Jets is comparable to that of the Statue of Liberty.

From memorabilia exhibits to sightseeing cruises that give eager fans a sneak peek at the new Yankee Stadium, there's always something to see in New York City for bleacher enthusiasts.

The New Exhibition

Even though it might seem like an unexpected place to find baseball artifacts, a new exhibit includes rarely seen baseball cards that show how baseball in America became desegregated.

Six Jackie Robinson cards are included in "Breaking the Color Barrier." When Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he became the first player to move from the Negro American League to Major League Baseball.

The New Exhibition

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African Americans Larry Doby, Leroy "Satchel" Paige, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Ernie Banks are among the athletes recognized in this new exhibition, along with Hispanic athletes Minnie Mioso and Héctor Rodriguez.

Elijah "Pumpsie" Green, the final member of the last integrated club, the Boston Red Sox, completes the installation.

The Met's amazing collection also includes one of the extremely rare and expensive Honus Wagner T206 cards, making it the most complete outside of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, with more than 30,000 baseball cards.

Only a small portion of the Met's baseball cards are ever on the show, and to keep Wagner from deteriorating, the Met only puts it on display every few years.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not

Ripley's Believe It Or Not is another place to find baseball memorabilia in New York City around Times Square.

You'll find in exceptional collection accumulated by adventurer Robert Ripley during his astonishing lifespan among the oddities and sideshows that Ripley's is renowned for.

In addition to seats from behind the home plate in the original Yankee Stadium, which were photographed in 1923, a 1931 Wooden Novelty postcard with 16 signatures, including those of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, and 12 uniforms from a WWII charity softball game Ripley hosted in 1939 are among the many baseball-related items in Ripley's collection.

Babe Ruth, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, actors Jimmy Durante, W.C. Fields, Al Jolson, and newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst were all on the celebrity team.

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Discovering the Local Area You can meet some of the biggest athletes in sports up close at Madame Tussauds, which is only down the street.

When you share pictures of yourself with legendary Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter or the Mets' all-star third baseman David Wright, your pals won't be able to tell the difference.

Or, if you want to see Yankee Stadium for yourself, join Circle Line's Full Island Cruise, which travels around Manhattan via the Hudson and East Rivers and passes past the brand-new stadium in the Bronx.

The Real Bronx Tour

The Real Bronx Tour

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On this three-hour tour, you'll also see more than a hundred other metropolitan attractions, such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Intrepid Sea, the Air and Space Museum, and a breathtaking up-close view of the Statue of Liberty.

The Real Bronx Tour, a three-hour journey across the borough that is not just the home of the Yankees but also the origin of hip-hop, may be taken using your New York Pass.

Yankee Stadium, the Mott Haven Historic District, the Bronx Zoo, the Bronx Museum, South Bronx, Arthur Avenue (Little Italy), City Island, Poe Cottage, Grand Concourse, the mansions of Fieldston, including the residence where President John F. Kennedy spent a portion of his childhood, and a ride through a real New York City ghetto are among the places that guests can visit on this tour.

Admission to this tour and more than 70 other well-liked NYC sites is included with the New York Pass.

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