We saw battlefields, race tracks, museums, art, pottery and now we are participating in the great American past time – baseball and all of its history.
Cooperstown, New York, is a small town with a big attraction. Main Street is lined with a lot of small stores selling everything baseball with a big focus on two teams – New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. We had a fun time checking out all the shops, picking up a few special things for our grandson and watching a game being played at Doubleday Field.
Baseball history abounds at the field with its bleachers and covered grandstand. The fact that many Hall of Famers including Babe Ruth made game appearances at Doubleday Field brings the depth of this town’s baseball history to a reality. Doubleday Field is owned by the Village of Cooperstown, and the citizens continue to work to maintain and sustain the field.
After enjoying the Main Street shopping and beautiful Otsego Lake views, we headed for the main attraction – National Baseball Hall of Fame. If you are a baseball fan, there are three floors of exhibits that are absolutely inspiring. There are films to watch, stats to review, and personal effects that will render you awestruck. Everything baseball from 1936 to current day!
When our daughter was about our granddaughter’s age, we spent a lot of time at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City watching the Royals. George Brett was her favorite player so we were excited for our granddaughter to see his uniform, pine-tar bat, and other items related to his playing days.
Now days we are part of Red Sox Nation and proud of it! So, it was amazing for us to see so many exhibits relating to them and their accomplishments including Big Papi (David Ortiz), our grandson’s favorite player.
Our hotel clerk told us that during the summer they have 109 Little League teams each week for thirteen weeks arriving in town for tournament play. We were sure glad to be there in the off-season.
And, don’t miss the Yankee Cow with Phil Rizzuto’s retired number 10 shirt. Rizzuto was known for his trademark expression “Holy Cow.” What fun.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame is definitely one of those places that should be on your bucket list. Go and see all things baseball for yourself.
Granddaughter on the sights of Cooperstown: Hall of fame was really cool, and things are well organized. Seeing Babe Ruth’s history there was great.
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