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January 3, 2013
From journal A day's journey through Upstate New York
by Anne Patrone
White Plains, New York
February 20, 2010
From journal Upstate New York: It's Not Just Baseball
blue bell, Pennsylvania
May 3, 2009
July 22, 2008
From journal A Journey to the Hall of Fame
Smithtown, New York
January 24, 2007
From journal Weekend at Cooperstown
NEW PROVIDENCE, New Jersey
June 2, 2006
From journal Trip to NY
by Emily Marie
Bronx, New York
October 13, 2003
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was established in the 30's pretty much to make the sport feel good about itself. With the fiftieth anniversary of the sport on-hand, baseball's leaders wanted to create the image of baseball as an All-American sport, and not derived from English favorites cricket or "rounders." Thus when a story came about saying General Abner Doubleday first set played the game in Cooperstown, it was all the Baseball lords needed to set up the Hall on the site.
The Hall itself is one large room, with the plaques of baseball's immortals lining alcoves along the walls. They are separated by year of induction, meaning they stay where they are first put (at least until they run out of room). The room has a the feel of the apse of a church, with a high ceiling, lots of natural light and the stations way off to the sides.
While the Hall is the soul of the building, the museum is the mind. The museum houses all sorts of artifacts of the sports history and of the big current events. The best way to start the Museum is actually with the present. The top floor houses records and items that were big for the last season, as well as a mock locker-room with the uniforms of all the current teams. You can check this out as you wait for a short, enjoyable slideshow to start in the Grandstand Theater. After you exit the show, you go back to the way beginnings of the sport, and walk you way through the ages, until you end up back in the present. There are side sections dedicated to the likes of The Babe, Hammerin' Hank and the Negro Leagues. Even the great umpires of yesteryear get their due.
There are whole rooms dedicated to the evolution of baseball gear and uniforms, to the record holders, and to baseball in pop culture, including music and baseball cards as well as contemporary art.
Personal favorites, from someone who goes annually, are the slideshow and the library area, where they have displays on the movies, broadcasters and writers of the sport. For a while they had a "Peanuts" display, for all those times Charlie Brown lost yet again. I would die for a moment in the library itself, to see all the books I do and don't own.
Cooperstown is a must for baseball fans. For those who live in major league cities, the town is a lovely, quiet escape from the hustle and bustle.
From journal Baseball Mecca: Cooperstown and upstate New York
New Hartford, New York
January 21, 2001
From journal Serendipity Roads
South Florida, Florida
November 11, 2000
From journal Golf, Baseball and a Resort
Fort Johnson, New York
July 21, 2000
From journal Baseball and more in Cooperstown NY