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8 Catoosa Life Magazine / JUNE / JULY 2016 T he aroma of fresh popcorn filled the 6th Cavalry Museum as visitors trooped up the stairs to take in a new exhibit early in May. Ordinarily, the museum focuses on housing the history of the Army's 6th Cavalry, the WAC unit that was stationed there during World War II, and other simi- lar history. But from May 7 through June 18, the museum is host to a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main traveling exhibit — Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America. The exhibit features several interac- tive displays that delve into national sports history, trivia and the importance of sports in American life. Fort Oglethorpe added its own history right alongside the national story. Of special interest is a display devoted to pitching legend Rick Honeycutt. Honeycutt grew up in Fort Oglethorpe, became one of Major League Baseball's noted left-hand hurlers, and is now a pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He and his wife, Debbie, still live in Ringgold. While Honeycutt was unable to attend the opening day ceremonies, his parents and a few other relatives did come. "I think what they did was a great honor and I appreciate the recognition," Honeycutt said. "I enjoyed growing up there, and the people have always sup- ported everything I have done. I just like being part of the community. It's a great area." Museum Executive Director Chris McKeever said the exhibit is like nothing the 6th Cavalry has ever hosted before. A team of volunteers helped unpack the Hometown Teams shipping crates — all 21 of them — plus a small set of bleach- ers. "All but three of the crates and the bleachers fit on the (newly installed) wheelchair lift to get up here," she said. "We got it done." Sports-themed art from Ridgeland High School's students hangs in the lower level of the museum, and a glass display case downstairs features relics from the Rick Honeycutt World Series. The series is one of Honeycutt's charita- ble events that raises money for the local recreation association. The main exhibit has seven sections By Rachel Brown Kirkland From May 7 through June 18, 6th Cavalry Museum is host to a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main traveling exhibit — Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America. The exhibit features several interactive displays that delve into national sports history, trivia and the importance of sports in American life. Fort Oglethorpe added its own history right alongside the national story.

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