Baseball Hall of Fame a gem in the Northeast

Baseball Hall of Fame a gem in the Northeast

October 20, 2014 1 By admin
Baseball. The American Pastime.
If you are a baseball fan in the Northeast, you’re a short
trip to the ultimate baseball destination — Cooperstown.
No matter if one believes baseball was created in Cooperstown
or elsewhere, the National Baseball Hall of Fame still sits in this quaint little village since
its creation in the 1930s.
For those who love the history of the game or to be
surrounding by baseball as much as possible, the picturesque little village in
upstate New York
is worthy of a trip. And being the Hall of Fame is a full-year museum, if one
likes to avoid the crowds, the off-season is a fine time to visit.
Though the Hall of Fame is a spot for massive fans of the
game and those who want to be around baseball as much as possible, it’s also a
great family spot. One doesn’t have to just be a baseball fan as the Hall of
Fame tells the history of the sport from the beginning. It’s definitely an
educational experience, so if you get an enjoyment out of history and such,
this is a place to go.
The Hall of Fame is three floors full of baseball artifacts.
Several displays change throughout the year, but there’s a base amount of items
that are always out. There’s also some special spots that honor certain parts
of the history of the sport, including Babe Ruth, the Negro Leagues, Hank Aaron
and women in baseball. All of these areas of the Hall are especially nice.
Today’s Game is a nice exhibit, too, as it has a
“locker room” feel, featuring artifacts from every team, as well as
any other significant moments from the past year or so.
The crowning part of the Hall of Fame is the Plaque Gallery,
where the plaques for every enshrined Hall of Famer is on display. It’s really
quite a breathtaking area as you get to see all of the people who have been
inducted.
The entry fee to the Hall is just shy of $20, but if you
plan on going several times, it’s well worth getting a membership. That will
allow you entry to the Hall for a full year, as well as some other perks.
If it’s your first time visiting the Hall, it’s easy to
spend three hours (or more) going around and seeing everything and watching the
videos and doing other interactive activities. If you’ve been there before,
it’s still easy to spend a few hours inside, checking out different and new
exhibits.
If you are a baseball researcher, the Hall also has a
library with a massive amount of items on many players. It is usually good,
however, to make an appointment for researching purposes.
Right down the street from the Hall of Fame, too, is
historic Doubleday Field. If in Cooperstown,
make sure you check this spot out.
Another note about Cooperstown
— it’s not all baseball. There’s the Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum.
The shops downtown are excellent and nice to browse in. There’s also some great
places to eat around town. Some places aren’t open as much as others in the
off-season, but most places have hours throughout the year.   

P.J. Harmer blogs about many items at A ‘lil HooHaa

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