Smithsonian Features Wong ’89 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Smithsonian Features Wong ’89

Stephen Wong ’89 is featured in a webinar with the Director of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum Elliot Gruber and Chief Curator Daniel Piazza in anticipation of an upcoming exhibition featuring treasured pieces from Wong’s extensive baseball memorabilia collection, as well as artifacts from other Smithsonian museums, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Negro League Museum and other renowned private collections and institutions.

In the webinar featuring Wong, Piazza discusses the landmark exhibition on the history of baseball, “Baseball: America’s Home Run,” which Wong describes as “a dream come true.”

Wong, chairman of investment banking for Hong Kong at Goldman Sachs and head of the bank’s real estate group for Asia Pacific ex Japan, is a life-long collector and one of the world’s foremost authorities on baseball history and its artifacts. He serves as senior honorary advisor and major lender to the exhibition.

As Wong explained in the Spring 2020 issue of The Pulteney Street Survey, “There hasn’t been an exhibition of this magnitude ever … to work with the Smithsonian and the special people there, and lend items from my collection — this is the absolute pinnacle for me.”

“Baseball: America’s Home Run” was originally scheduled to open in June 2020, but has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Plans are under way for Wong to host a virtual discussion about his collection and his love of the game with the HWS community.

Watch the complete webinar below, or click here. The segment with Wong begins at the 5:35 mark.