Baseball Hall of Fame: Why is This Place So Special Anyway?
Posted by: Cooperstown Getaway
The answer to that question is an easy one: baseball! The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to America's favorite pastime and the legends throughout the history of the beloved sport that have made it what it is today.
What Makes This Place so Perfect Anyway?
The collection of baseball memorabilia on display is astounding. More than 40,000 preserved artifacts ranging from bats, balls, and gloves to uniforms, trading cards, photos, and art, portray the history of baseball and the greats who've graced the fields since the inception of the sport.
Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery
The monumental hall that is home to the Plaque Gallery is a powerful place to reflect on the history of baseball and the players whose images are forever preserved in bronze. Of the more than 19,000 players who have played Major League Baseball, only one percent are memorialized in the gallery.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum offers a variety of educational programs for fans of all ages. The mission of these programs is to help attendees learn more about the game, understand the rules of play, and promote interaction among the different generations. Public events, field trips, and programs for undergraduate and graduate students are among the learning experiences the HOF offers.
The two biggest events hosted by the HOF each year include the Hall of Fame Classic in May and the Hall of Fame Weekend in July. The annual induction ceremony is held in July each summer. Special recognition and awards are given to players in observances throughout the weekend as well as the Parade of Legends and Legends of the Game Roundtable. The Hall of Fame Classic is a robust game of baseball played on Doubleday Field by big league players of the past. Both events are a treat for fans of all ages.
Admission and Amenities
The HOF is open 7 days a week and year-round with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's day. Special rates are honored for seniors, children, and Veterans. Active military and children under the age of 6 are admitted free of charge. Amenities include an interactive kids' clubhouse for children 4-10 years of age that includes games and activities, and souvenirs from your visit can be purchased in the museum store.
As If It Weren't Perfect Already
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is not the only outstanding attraction in the area that beckons you to visit. Neighboring museums such as Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum, the elegant and historic Otesaga Resort Hotel for both lodging and fine or casual dining, and the charming village of Cooperstown that boasts a fantastic assortment of specialty shops and restaurants set against the stunning Otsego Lake, all make for an unforgettable getaway.
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