Program Details

VIP Tour of the Avron B. Fogelman Sports Museum 

Instructor
Avron B. Fogelman
Category
History / Other
SPL03093

Course Description

Join Avron B. Fogelman for an exclusive VIP tour of FAU’s Fogelman Sports Museum at the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence. Fogelman,  a longtime Boca Raton resident and  former Kansas City Royals owner will be your guide through what is considered the most extensive private collection of original sports memorabilia in the United States. Donated to FAU by Fogelman, the collection offers visitors a visual progression of American sports alongside vignettes of the country’s growth, providing historical context, opportunities for intergenerational connections, and unique storytelling. Hundreds of one-of-a-kind sports objects ranging from the Olympic torch from the “Nazi Olympic Games” to Babe Ruth’s uniform to Jackie Robinson’s scouting card to the 13 original rules of basketball by James Naismith tell not only the story of American sports but of American society. This tour will include the stories behind the objects, including a recording of the congratulatory phone call from then-President Ronald Reagan celebrating the Kansas City Royals' 1985 World Series win. This is a unique opportunity to hear from the collector and enjoy questions and answers while exploring the museum. After the program, participants are welcome to take their time perusing the exhibits.

The museum is located on the FAU Boca Raton campus at 777 Glades Road, adjacent to the football stadium. The registration cut-off date is March 2, 2022. Due to the VIP nature of this excursion, space is limited, so sign-up early!

About the Instructor

  • Avron Fogelman, originally from Memphis, Tennessee, earned a degree from Tulane University. In addition to being a real estate entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader, he co-owned the Kansas City Royals from 1983 to 1991, and their team won the 1985 World Series. Fogelman served on the board of directors of the American League of Major League Baseball, and in 1986 the players of Major League Baseball voted  Fogelman the "Most Admired Owner." Fogelman is a past commissioner of the State of Tennessee Board of Education, has been inducted into the Tennessee Hall of Fame, and is a past chairman of the Memphis Chamber of Commerce. The University of Memphis honored Fogelman by naming their business college the Fogelman College of Business, and Tulane has named their basketball facility the Avron Fogelman Arena. In addition, the interstate highway system circling Memphis is named the Avron Fogelman Expressway.