This past week, my family and I took a vacation, and one of the stops was in Cooperstown. After a long drive, we parked on main street. Then, after a short walk down the block, I was in front of this building.
(Does anyone else think it is odd that the U in the word museum looks like a v?)
My family bought tickets that were good for 2 days. We entered, and spent a good chunk of time in the plaque gallery. If you are unfamiliar with the hall of fame, the plaque gallery is where all of the plaques of people that have been inducted into the hall are held and displayed. The first class inducted into the hall of fame was in 1936, and their plaques are displayed right in the middle of the room. If you want to see a close up, click on the picture below and zoom in.
After the plaque gallery, I spent some time exploring the 2 floors of exhibits and artifacts. There was the extremely old…
…to the more recent…
Also, there were many other different interesting and unique artifacts.
One of my favorite ones was a wall that had the game balls from every no hitter and perfect game thrown since 1940.
A hat from each of the Ryan Express’ 7 no hitters.
Everything except the ball from Bobby Thomson’s shot heard round the world.
If you are curious about what happened to the ball, check out this book
. I found it very interesting, and it explains what people have been wondering. What happened to the ball?
This artifact is definitely the only one of it’s kind in the world.
There were thousands of different baseball cards on display from many different years.
There were also many exhibits honoring Hank Aaron, one of which is his uniform, and right next to it was an autographed ball from his final career home run.
After leaving the hall of fame, I went down main street looking at all the memorabilia stores. There were quite a few things to choose from.
The only thing I bought was a Ryan Zimmerman signed card for $20. Not a bad deal in my opinion.
I capped off the day by taking some swings at the Doubleday Batting Range
. I’m not exactly the greatest hitter, but I got good contact on some of the pitches.
I had a great time in Cooperstown, and any baseball fan, no matter what age, must go to the Hall of Fame at least once in their lifetime. It is one heck of an experience.
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