The Baseball Hall of Fame is paying tribute to the San Francisco Giants, the 2012 World Series champions, with a new exhibit. Autumn Glory traces the Giants’ come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Tigers and showcases memorable items from both teams, including:

- The bat that Pablo Sandoval used in Game 1, when he homered three times and tied the World Series records held by Babe Ruth, Albert Pujols, and Reggie Jackson.
- Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy's warm-up jacket, which he wore during the World Series games.
- The jersey worn by pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, who helped to clinch a Game 3 victory by throwing nearly six shutout innings.
- The spikes that starting pitcher Matt Cain wore in the World Series. 
- Gregor Blanco’s glove, which he used during the 2012 regular season and in the World Series.

The museum’s salute to the Giants will be displayed until the end of next year’s post-season. The Baseball Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, New York.

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In addition to owning memorabilia from the careers of rock legends such as Led Zeppelin and the Beatles, American Royal Arts possesses a number of signed art and limited edition photography from Brian Wilson, a legendary singer and songwriter of the Beach Boys. Although the group produced a number of highly successful albums during the 1960s, the collection known as Smile, recorded by the Beach Boys in 1966 and 1967, collapsed during recording and was never released to the public in the original form.

Smile was primarily the brainchild of songwriter Brian Wilson, who famously referred to the project as a “teenage symphony to God.” Wilson sought to build upon the success of the band’s hit song “Good Vibrations” by creating an album that used the same production techniques and featured a set of thematically linked songs. Wilson adopted several innovative recording practices during his time in the studio, including the separation of instrumental parts and recording the same performances at different studios to capture the distinctive sound quality of each one.

Although Wilson experienced a large measure of early success with the project, many began to express skepticism over the feasibility of such an ambitious recording. Wilson became obsessed with the project and began to exhibit erratic behavior, causing his close friends to become concerned. Upon hearing the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever,” released in 1967, Wilson was so moved by the song that he had to pull his car over to the side of the road to listen, remarking to his passenger that the Beatles had “got there first.” Wilson officially cancelled the album in 1967 after composer and lyricist Van Dyke Parks quit the project. 

Wilson and Parks reopened the Smile project more than 35 years later, completing the album and performing it with Wilson’s touring musicians in 2004. For his performance on the long-awaited concept album, Wilson received his first solo Grammy award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.