Day 25-27 Cooperstown, New York   Leave a comment

The drive to Cooperstown was somewhat sad as we made our way through small Vermont towns on Rt. 9 where we saw remnants of damage from Hurricane Irene and Lee. It seemed like every curve was washed out by the stream running parallel to the road.

Cooperstown is quite a cute little town. The Baseball Hall of Fame is the biggest attraction, which was the first thing we did.

Check out this photo below that someone took. Talk about grabbing the moment!

2011 inductees are Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar.

They had a wonderful section on Hank Aaron, who was one of the first black baseball players to make it big. They even had his locker! Did you know the fastest pitch in a major league game was 105.1 miles per hour!!! Aroldis Chapman on September 24, 2010. The tallest player ever was 6 foot, 11 inches and the shortest player was 3 foot, 7 inches.

The World Series began in 1884, but no comparable prize was established until 1967 when baseball created what is now the Commissioner’s Trophy.

The 19th and early 20th century players received pins and pendants to commemorate their World Championships. Later World Series Rings were given.

Good think we arrived early because it sure got crowded.

Their baseball card collection was amazing. It was so weird to see, behind glass, the cards that my brother and I used to collect and the cards that my dad probably collected.

Laborers from the Eckford & Webb shipyard in NYC formed the Eckford Base Ball Club in 1855. The club collected over 150 “trophy balls,” game balls traditionally decorated by the winning club. The baseballs, dating primarily from the 1860s, were displayed in this showcase at the Eckford clubhouse in Brooklyn.

Honus Wagner retired in 1917, holding major league records for most games, runs, hits and total bases. He was also the first player to have his “OWN” Louisville Slugger signature-model bat.

Everyone has heard of Babe Ruth. Born in 1895, the oldest of 8 children, he roamed the streets of Baltimore until he was put in a boarding school in 1902 for guidance and discipline. Little did anyone know who he would become! 714 career homers, 60 in one season, a .342 lifetime batting average.

The Ommegang Brewery was a lot of fun. Beer tastings are always fun.

The Fenimore Art Museum had the most interesting typewriter I’ve ever seen. The letters are not in the same sequence that I have ever seen.

The Farmer’s Museum had interesting exhibits on different foods that were founded in New York. I knew about “ Buffalo Wings” but who knew about Beechnut gum, Jello, Shredded Wheat, Lifesavers, and so much more.

Out in the barnyard, they were making cornmeal.

Finishing our visit in Cooperstown with a great meal at Nicoletta’s Italian Restaurant.

Cooperstown is a great place to spend a couple of days.


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