07.10.16 MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY – Part Three

NB_HOF_logoBack in January of this year Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were elected to the Hall of Fame.  Their induction will occur two weeks after we’re there. Ken Griffey Jr. has been our son Chip’s favorite play all his life so this will be a big Hall of Fame induction for for him!

Some of the Museum stores items and a look at the store.

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ROY, TAKING A BREAK, IN THE HALL OF FAME ON THE FIRST FLOOR
– EACH ALCOVE DISPLAYED THE PLAQUES OF THOSE INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME DURING A SPECIFIC TIME PERIOD20160708_164030national-baseball-hall-of-fame-and-museum_119876 Head_Atrium_HOFIN THE VERY CENTER OF THE BACK OF THE HALL OF FAME IS A DISPLAY WITH THE FIRST FIVE PLAYERS INDUCTED

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20160708_164122SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PLAYERS WHO ARE IN THE HALL OF FAME

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BABE RUTH20160708_164546RICKEY HENDERSON, AN ALL TIME FAVORITE OF OURS – AMAZING BASE STEALER20160708_164533CAL RIPKEN, BALTIMORE ORIOLES – 2,632 CONSECUTIVE GAMES PLAYED20160708_164523DENNIS ECKERSLEY – PITCHER20160708_164442PHIL NIEKRO – PITCHER20160708_164309  AND NOW, THE MOMENT CHIP’S BEEN WAITING FOR – THE KEN GRIFFEY JR. SECTION ANNOUNCING HIS INDUCTION INTO THE HALL OF FAME IN LATE JULY.  20160708_163955 20160708_163837 20160708_163635 20160708_163626

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, CATCHER AND POWERFUL HITTER MIKE PIAZZA WILL BE INDUCTED ALSO IN LATE JULY

Remember you can click on any photo to enlarge it!  All that I’ve included in these three blog posts is just a tiny bit of what all we saw.  I took photos of things related to players I like so your experience probably would be quite different.  If you’re a baseball enthusiast I recommend going there one day.

One of the absolute best things about our visit was hearing dads and sometimes moms share stories about players achievments with their sons and daughters.  What memories that’s creating!

20160708_163940That wraps up our visit to the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

As I finish up this on Sunday afternoon we just arrived at Three Valley Campground in Holland, NY.  Either Monday or Tuesday, or maybe both, we’ll go to see the amazing Niagara Falls from both the US and the Canadian sides!

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07.09.16 MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York – Part Two

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Saturday, July 9, 2016 – On to the rest of the second and third floor of the National Baseball Hall of Fame! Here’s the map of the three floors.  Click on it to see the full size map.  They recommend that you start on the second floor, go to the third and then end at the Hall of Fame on the first floor.  That is what we did and that is why the floor maps are not in order like you’d think they would be.

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20160708_160641These fabric-mache sculptures of baseball fans, represent one of the greats of the National Pastime: the love of the game by their fans!  Most of these portray specific people, but they also honor every fan who loves the game.   20160708_160521As baseball reached the last 20 years it seemed to become a whole new ballgame.  The love of baseball was renewed and new fans like us came into the baseball fold!

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As America reeled from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Commissioner Bud Selig suspended the baseball season.  Play resumed six days later – not because America had recovered but precisely because it had not. When the teams returned, they bore special caps and jerseys with American flag patches and the date “0-11-01.”  Mike Pizza of the Mets signed his Jersey from that date and it is now in the Hall of Fame.

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The Atlanta Braves are our family’s favorite MLB team.  The amazing men who played for them in the good old days have some of their memorabilia here in the Hall of Fame.  Click on the three photos below to see what some of those things are. Tom Glavine’s shoes, Bobby Cox’s Atlanta Cap, John Smoltz’s game winning ball, Greg Maddux’s shoes. 20160708_160115 20160708_160102 20160708_160056

Baseball grew twice in the 1990s, and all four new clubs quickly earned postseason success.  The Arizona Diamondbacks took just four seasons to with their first World Series.  The Florida Marlins accomplished the feat in five, the Tampa Bay and Colorado Rockies teams made multiple playoff appearances and won a pennant during their first fifteen years, feats that have eluded many established clubs.  Three of the newer team’s caps are below. 20160708_160032My favorite hunk of a player was Jose Canseco.  My sons and hubby put up with my crush and have had a lot of good natured fun at my expense reminding me that a ball bounced off his head in the outfield causing a home run for the opposing team!20160708_155848

Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa home run race kept America watching every game they played in . Click on the second photo below to learn more about “Chicks Dig The Long Ball”20160708_155841 20160708_155825

Some of the interesting exhibits about what make baseball great.  The Field of Dreams poster is in the upper left corner of the first exhibit below.  We visited the site of the Field of Dreams movie a few years ago and loved it!20160708_155639 20160708_155527Chipper Jones’ jersey he wore in 2012, the last of his 19 big league seasons.  The jersey you see me wearing is a Chipper Jones jersey!!!   He was an amazing player and man.  We loved watching through the years!20160708_155445

Stan Musial’s Locker – you know you’re something when they have your locker here!20160708_154812 The Yankee Jersey Lou Gehrig wore in his final year, 1939. 20160708_154709 Women’s Baseball had its own area which was really interesting to walk through. 20160708_154420 20160708_154314To Ted Williams, hitting was a science.  On each of the 77 baseballs displayed below he has assigned a batting average.  Each indicates what he believes his own average would be, if pitches were delivered in those areas of his strike zone. 20160708_154044The New York Yankees launched a new dynasty that saw them win 15 pennants in 18 years.   This is the 1950 team. 20160708_153949

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20160708_153326 Back in 1949 this was how flip down sunglasses were worn – bolted to the cap!!

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One of my favorite exhibit was the large glass case with baseball gear from the 1800s and early 19002.  I encourage you to click on this picture to see all these cool things in a larger form. 20160708_151952 Me, wearing my Chipper Jones jersey, checking out the different team’s cages.   20160708_151348

I end this blog post with the first thing we saw when starting our tour.  Each Major League team has a cage holding information on the team and some of that team’s memorabilia. 20160708_151149Close up of some of the Brave’s information including those players whose jersey’s have been retired.

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07.08.16 MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York – Part One

NB_HOF_logoFriday, July 8, 2016 – Today we visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame.   It is an American baseball history museum and hall of fame, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, and operated by private interests. It serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, displays baseball-related artifacts and exhibits, and honors those who have excelled in playing, managing, and serving the sport. The Hall’s motto is “Preserving History, Honoring Excellence, Connecting Generations.” The word Cooperstown is often used instead of the longer name of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The town of Cooperstown is so much more than the Hall of Fame and Museum.  There are many other museums here, lots of shopping opportunities and the short drive from our RV park and back was amazingly 20160708_143015beautiful.  This is the first of three posts about the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Way to much to cover in one!  The pictures I chose show just a little part of the place.  So much history is covered and so many amazing players’ memorabilia are on display.

The second and third floors are the the museum and the first floor is the Hall of Fame.  Part one and two will cover the trolley ride there, second and third floors  Part two will cover the Hall of Fame. All of the photos in today’s blog post are clickable and will enlarge if you want to see something better. 20160708_142914

There are three trolley pick up places on the Village Trolley Route.  You can park at any of them and for $2 take a ride to several different drop of points, one of which is the Hall of Fame.  The $2 covers the round trip. We got off the trolley a couple of blocks before the Hall of Fame so we could see some of the shops in the area.  There are parking lots in the city of Cooperstown that are between $12 and $14 a day.  We chose the trolley ride and loved it!

The Trolley

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Inside the Trolley

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Every little town around this area has these balls of flowers hanging from their light posts throughout the town.  Each town has a different color flower ball.  Such a beautiful site to see!vfiles8496 I was a baseball mom for many years, now I’m a softball Grannie, so this tshirt spoke to me quite loudly!!20160708_144840 Here we are walking up to the Hall of Fame building.  It is a very large three story building.

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Inside the Hall of Fame and Museum.  It was $15 for seniors and $12 for old military guys.  I believe the regular cost to get in is a little over $20.     20160708_150701

Representation of the “Strike Zone”

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Babe Ruth has his own area within the Hall of Fame. So cool seeing all that he did!

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Babe Ruth lugged this 36 inch, 43 ounce Louisville Slugger to his his 57th and 58th home runs of 1921. It takes a strong man to carry a bat like that!20160708_153016

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There was a special room where the Who’s on First video was shown.  If you have never heard the Who’s on First hilarious story, or haven’t seen it in a while, here’s a link to it: Click here

A glass case showed off pins, penants and rings from each year the World Series has been played since 1903.  Here a photo of some of the recent years and information about the 1903: The first modern world series. 20160708_162258 20160708_162136

When Greg Maddux played for the Atlanta Braves he was my very favorite pitcher.  He was called “The Professor” by of his deep knowledge of the intricacies of pitching and known as “Mad Dog!”20160708_162035

Javy Lopez was our oldest son’s favorite player in his younger years.  Javy was an excellent Atlanta Braves catcher as well as a phenomenal hitter.  He was always fun to watch.  I don’t know if he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame but he was recognized here!

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Hank Aaron had his own section as well.  He’s one of the amazing Atlanta Braves players from days past!

20160708_16113420160708_161343The locker used by Hank Aaron, at Atlanta Stadium in 1974.  Atlanta Stadium was the Braves home park from 1966 to 1996.  20160708_161317  20160708_161250 I’m going to end today’s blog with one of the wildest and funny mascots.  The Phillie Phanatic is the official mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball team. He is a large, furry, green bi-pedal creature with an extendable tongue. I’m including him and the Philadelphia Phillies cage showing lots of their memorabilia to say hi to the really nice ladies I had the pleasure of visiting with a couple of evenings ago.  They stayed in the spot next to us and we had a really nice time getting to know each other.  They are on vacation in an RV and love the Phillies!  So thanks ladies for being so nice and we surely did stay away from the Baseball Wax Museum!!!  Thanks for the Tip!!

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To my Chicago Cubs buddy Cat Davis, I got a couple of photos of Cubbies things for you, coming up in the next post!

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