“Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11,” a new exhibition at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan examines the impact of sports in the days, weeks and months after the attacks.
“Baseball Has Players,” read one fan’s sign that is part of the exhibition. “America Has Heroes.”
“Comeback Season” uses its massive space and muted lighting to simultaneously convey grand scale and intimacy, and to reinforce its sophisticated blend of broad and personal storytelling. The winding arrangement of the exhibition almost requires visitors to move slowly to each of its nine stations, which have titles like “Timeout” and “Rivalries Dissolve.”
But what makes “Comeback Season” most compelling are not the easy-to-recall moments, but stories of lesser renown, like the miniature football that was recovered at the World Trade Center. You can’t help but wonder if it was being tossed around by colleagues that morning before their workday began.
Or the white racing bib (No. 5494) that Danielle Kousoulis, 29, a vice president of the Cantor Fitzgerald brokerage and ardent runner, was going to wear during the half-marathon in Philly five days after she died in the North Tower. Who would have been cheering her on? What would she have told her co-workers the following Monday?