This is a list of objects in no particular order that define baseball’s history. They will encompass the entire history of the game up until 1994(The year they took the game away) and will be chosen due to their importance to the game, the fans, and me. I hope you enjoy the ride.
#2 The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
No series of posts about the 100 objects of Baseball History would be complete without including the largest “object”, and probably the most significant object of them all.
The Baseball Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, NY and houses over 35,000 items. Some of which will be included in this series of posts. The items inside the museum range from Lou Gehrig’s locker to a Honus Wagner baseball card. The A Bartlett Giamatti Research Center contains over 3 million documents, that include newspaper clippings and photos.
The museum opened in 1939 and since then over 15 million visitors have walked through the turnstiles. With baseball being a stat driven sport, the museum itself also proves to be stat driven. They keep a record of each millionth visitor that has entered the museum. Starting with John H. Morrissey, the 1 millionth visitor, (6/29/1956)all the way up to the 15 millionth, Ken Gallinger. (5/13/2011) Ken is actually a Blue Jays fan from Quebec.
Regardless of where baseball was invented or by whom(Certainly not by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown), organized baseball could not have chosen a better place to put their museum. Located at 25 Main St.(Where else would you expect it to be, but Main St. USA?) it’s situated in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, and is proud to admit that it has just 1 traffic light.(I always seem to catch that light when it’s red) The town and museum are throwbacks to the 1930’s, and when you drive down Main Street it’s feels like you just travelled back in time.
Every baseball fan should make at least 1 visit to the mecca of baseball history. And who knows, you might be the 16 millionth visitor if you go sometime in Sept 2014, give or take a couple of months.
If you have any suggestions for an item to be included in this series, please let me know.