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Baseball Hall of Fame daytrip!!!........complete with a LOT of photos............
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HOF pics part 12a...........FINALLY!!....LOL........the last group, these are of Doubleday Field (my son is in one of the pics), the place is sooooo small, and looks like something you would find in late 1800's/early 1900's baseball.  I think I posted earlier how small the dimensions are.  I took a panoramic video of the stadium and will post it next..........

 

 

Doubleday Field is a baseball stadium in Cooperstown, New York named for Abner Doubleday and located two village blocks from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The grounds have been used for baseball since 1920, on what was Elihu Phinney's farm. A wooden grandstand was built in 1924, later replaced by a steel and concrete grandstand built in 1939 by the Works Project Administration.[1] Subsequent expansion has increased seating capacity to 9,791 spectators.[2]

 

 

Hall of Fame Game[edit]

 
Doubleday Field, view from behind home plate.

Each year from 1940 to 2008, Doubleday Field hosted the Hall of Fame Game. Originally a contest between "old-timers" teams, it later became an exhibition game between two major league squads. Traditionally, the game was held during the annual induction weekend of the nearby Baseball Hall of Fame, but in later years it was scheduled in May or June, to accommodate the participating teams' travel schedules.

As MLB's last remaining in-season exhibition game, its results did not count in the official standings, and substitute players were generally used to avoid injury to starters. The curiosity factor of two teams from different leagues playing each other in this game outside of a World Series or spring training situation was eventually removed in 1997 with the launch of interleague play, further reducing the game's cachet.

On January 29, 2008, Major League Baseball announced that the final Hall of Fame Game would be played on June 16, 2008 between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres, citing "the inherent challenges" of scheduling teams in the modern day as the reason for ending the annual contest.[3] However, the contest was canceled on account of rain.[4]

 

Hall of Fame Classic[edit]

In November 2008, the Hall of Fame and the MLB Players Alumni Association announced the creation of the Hall of Fame Classic, an exhibition game involving Hall of Famers and other retired MLB players to be played on Father's Day weekend, and in recent years on the Saturday before Memorial Day. The inaugural Hall of Fame Classic was played on Sunday, June 21, 2009.[5]

Cooperstown Classic[edit]

The Cooperstown Classic was an International League regular season game played in honor of the 125th anniversary of the league in 2008. The game was held on a Sunday afternoon in may between the Rochester Red Wings and the Syracuse Chiefs. The game was the third of a four-game series in which the Chiefs were the home team. The crowd for the game was very respectable and Major League Hall of Fame member Carlton Fisk threw out the first pitch. The game was postponed after the second inning after a rain delay in which Syracuse lead 1-0 and went on to win the following day in its completion at Alliance Bank Stadium. In an attempt to give the fans another game, the Cooperstown Classic Two was played on a Sunday in June 2009. This game was played between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the home team Syracuse Chiefs. The game was played in full with the Red Sox winning 15-3. This game was not played after that but many have expressed interest in it after the demise of the MLB Hall Of Fame Game in 2008.

Other uses[edit]

Doubleday Field is used primarily for amateur and American Legion ball; The Legends of Baseball rents out Doubleday for three weeks over the summer. The Cooperstown Hawkeyes of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League use the field during the summer, while Play at the Plate Baseball also has an annual event at Doubleday Field every September.

No professional team has ever called the stadium home, although in 1996 the Northeast League considered placing a franchise in Cooperstown; this idea was rejected because Doubleday Field has no lights, a necessity for a team in a pro league. Also, some felt that Cooperstown should be the home of all baseball, and not just one team. However, theNew York–Penn League has played an annual regular-season game at Doubleday Field since 1991, with the team based in nearby Oneonta serving as the home team through 2009. (The team was known as the Oneonta Yankees until 1999, when they switched affiliations to become the Oneonta Tigers in 1999. The franchise moved to Connecticut in 2010, but has continued to host the Cooperstown game.)

 

 








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I just wanted to say up front thank you for posting all these great pics (that I haven't actually had the time to go through yet hmm).

I hope to spend some leisure time later today, going through everything you've posted from your trip.

From the looks of things, I could spend much of the day just doing that. wink



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HOF pics part 12b..........this is the panoramic view of Doubleday Field...........

 



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seajaw wrote:

I just wanted to say up front thank you for posting all these great pics (that I haven't actually had the time to go through yet hmm).

I hope to spend some leisure time later today, going through everything you've posted from your trip.  From the looks of things, I could spend much of the day just doing that. wink


 If you went there, it really is an all day thing.  Besides the HOF there are a few other museums in the area..........plus Otsego Lake is gorgeous.........

 

http://www.thisiscooperstown.com/attractions/museums



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Thanks for posting the pics nac.

All your pictures brought back a flood of memories from when I visited in '08. Sure would like to go back again sometime.

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One of my favorite places, love going there. I've been four times. Twice with my family as a child, once with my girlfriend (now my wife) when she was attending Syracuse, and two years ago on our way to a wedding.

Thanks for posting the pictures.

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Incredible.

Again...thanks for posting those pics.



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seajaw wrote:

Incredible.

Again...thanks for posting those pics.


 LOL, no problem........book your flight yet?



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stratfan70 wrote:

Thanks for posting the pics nac.

All your pictures brought back a flood of memories from when I visited in '08. Sure would like to go back again sometime.


 I would say that not much has changed since '08....I think it was longer since I was there, and like I said they kind of "cleaned it up" a bit, made it easier to walk through, definitely made the exhibits more time-line friendly........



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glewis wrote:

One of my favorite places, love going there. I've been four times. Twice with my family as a child, once with my girlfriend (now my wife) when she was attending Syracuse, and two years ago on our way to a wedding.

Thanks for posting the pictures.


 If I didn't have my son, believe me I would have stayed longer and gone into more places.  There are a few new stores since I was there last.



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nacster wrote:
seajaw wrote:

Incredible.

Again...thanks for posting those pics.


 LOL, no problem........book your flight yet?


Gotta pay the rent.

Plus, the Mrs. and I celebrated our 30th the other day, and it doesn't take much to bust our budget. wink

If I did go, I'd travel by train.  I'd get a sleeper car, maybe even bring some SOM stuff along, and roll a few games along the way.

I'm not sure what routes I'd take, beyond the Amtrak Empire Builder to Chicago.  And then, there's the side trip to Kansas City, to take in the Negro League Baseball Museum.

Alas, I don't have any wealthy relatives who are about to drop me an inheritance... hmm

And my wife has no interest in baseball.  So it's hard to justify the expense.



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seajaw wrote:
nacster wrote:
seajaw wrote:

Incredible.

Again...thanks for posting those pics.


 LOL, no problem........book your flight yet?


Gotta pay the rent.

Plus, the Mrs. and I celebrated our 30th the other day, and it doesn't take much to bust our budget. wink

If I did go, I'd travel by train.  I'd get a sleeper car, maybe even bring some SOM stuff along, and roll a few games along the way.

I'm not sure what routes I'd take, beyond the Amtrak Empire Builder to Chicago.  And then, there's the side trip to Kansas City, to take in the Negro League Baseball Museum.

Alas, I don't have any wealthy relatives who are about to drop me an inheritance... hmm

And my wife has no interest in baseball.  So it's hard to justify the expense.


 LOL, I feel ya.........I am still unemployed due to my job closing.  Have an interview today.....gotta get it!!



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1991

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nacster wrote:
seajaw wrote:
nacster wrote:
seajaw wrote:

Incredible.

Again...thanks for posting those pics.


 LOL, no problem........book your flight yet?


Gotta pay the rent.

Plus, the Mrs. and I celebrated our 30th the other day, and it doesn't take much to bust our budget. wink

If I did go, I'd travel by train.  I'd get a sleeper car, maybe even bring some SOM stuff along, and roll a few games along the way.

I'm not sure what routes I'd take, beyond the Amtrak Empire Builder to Chicago.  And then, there's the side trip to Kansas City, to take in the Negro League Baseball Museum.

Alas, I don't have any wealthy relatives who are about to drop me an inheritance... hmm

And my wife has no interest in baseball.  So it's hard to justify the expense.


 LOL, I feel ya.........I am still unemployed due to my job closing.  Have an interview today.....gotta get it!!


Good luck.

If I sold all my SOM, I might be able to afford the trip.  I guess I'll just keep adding little bits and pieces to my own collection.  And I do have a bunch more stuff to take pics of, so I can post them here.

Maybe I'll call my little corner of the universe the SeaHall Annex. biggrin



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Found this picture today on Cooperstown's Facebook page.........just wanted to add it to this thread........the building on the left (above the trees and directly left of the water) is the famous Otesaga Hotel where the HOF'ers stay when they are in town......

 

 

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1876-1883

1896-1900

1906

1916-1917

1921, 1929

1936-1937

1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991

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Very picturesque.

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