Sports Journey: Cooperstown and The Baseball Hall of Fame
In just a few weeks the Baseball Hall of Fame will induct its 2018 class of inductees. Entering the Hall of Fame are Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones and Jim Thome. Bob Costas will be inducted for his career in broadcasting baseball. The ceremonies will take place just outside of Cooperstown at the Clark Sports Center on July 30.
While the Induction ceremony is the highlight of the weekend, there are many more activities taking place that fans may not be aware of. Persons who have attended past. Induction weekends know that the day before the inductions (Saturday) is the best day to see baseball’s legends up close and personal. On Saturday morning, nearly every shop in Cooperstown will have tables out front filled with both Hall of Famers and other former MLB players signing autographs and having their pictures taken with fans. Depending on the player there may or may not be a charge, as many players are involved with a charity and donate the fee to that cause. You can literally meet over 100 players in this way. The second activity on Saturday is the Parade of Members of the Hall of Fame. The parade starts at Doubleday Field and comes down Cooperstown’s Main Street and ends in front of the Hall of Fame. The parade consists of every living Hall of Famer in attendance (typically over 50 members) riding in the back of a pickup truck and waving to the crowd. This provides you with a much better opportunity to shoot photos of the HOF members up close and will create memories for a lifetime.
A trip to Cooperstown is great any time of year, as it allows you the opportunity to explore the Hall of Fame itself more thoroughly. Hall of Fame members are immortalized in the Plaque Gallery. There are many baseball-related exhibits throughout the Hall, including Picturing America’s Pastime; Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream; Baseball in the 19th Century; Diamond Dreams: Women in Baseball; Pride and Passion: African Americans and Baseball; Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend and Viva Beisball! Latin Americans Contributions to the Game. The Hall of Fame also keeps the most expansive database of baseball records in the world.
The village of Cooperstown is well worth exploring as well. It is very walkable as it consists of a seven block Main Street. It is bookended by the Hall of Fame at one end and Doubleday Field at the other. Main Street is lined with shops with baseball-related merchandise, restaurants with a baseball theme and smaller museums exploring different facets of the game. Oddly enough, Fall is one of the best times to visit Cooperstown. The crowds are gone, and the fall foliage is spectacular outskirts of the Catskill region, where the village is located. It is located about four hours from New York City, and makes for a great day trip.
No matter when you visit Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, we think you will agree that this Sports Journey hits it out of the park!
For more information:
National Baseball Hall of Fame
25 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
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