My wife and I recently decided to take our 6-year old daughter and 4-year old son for a trip to Cooperstown (N.Y.) to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. We were there for two days: September 1st and 2nd. This was the third time that we visited Cooperstown as a family – with the other times being in September 2003 and September 2005. What follows are some pictures from our trip this year.
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As was the case in 2003 and 2005, we stayed at “The Cooper Inn” (below) – and highly recommend it to anyone considering a stay in Cooperstown:
We arrived at Coopertown around 1 pm (EST) on September 1st. After a quick stop to Lakefront Park to see Otsego Lake, we had lunch at the Pioneer Patio Restaurant (below). We found them to have one of the more “friendly” kid’s menus in town.
After lunch, we went to the Otesaga Resort Hotel (below) – which the Cooper Inn is affiliated with – to rent a canoe for a ride around Otsego Lake.
It was a short trip – as we almost tipped the canoe over, twice. But, the kids had fun:
Next, we visited Cooper Park, which is adjacent to the Hall of Fame and Museum, so that the kids could have fun with the sculptures there – Johnny Podres pitching to Roy Campanella, Satchel Paige in his wind-up, and one of a batter in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League:
After the park, we took a ride on the Cooperstown Trolley (below) – which the kids viewed as a “ride” and they really enjoyed it.
Before dinner, we decided to visit Doubleday Field (below):
The kids thought it was a cool place to hang for a bit:
This was followed by dinner, at the Doubleday Cafe, and ice cream, at Carmen Esposito’s Italian Ices, (both below) – and then it was time to get some rest before our day at the Hall of Fame and Museum on September 2nd.
Here are some “Gallery” shots from our trip to the Hall of Fame…
Our kids looking at “The First Class” -
And, here’s some of the stuff in the Museum that caught my eye…
Suzyn Waldman as part of the first thing you see in the Diamond Dreams, Women In Baseball, exhibit:
And, here’s Waldman’s mic from 2005:
Here’s the glove and spikes (later bronzed) that the Iron Horse used in his last game back in 1939:
The ball hit for the final out of the 1962 World Series:
The bat used by Luis Sojo to drive in the winning run from the last game of the 2000 World Series – note that it’s a Clay Bellinger model:
The 1996 World Series Trophy:
A bunch of stuff from Don Larsen’s perfect game:
The bat that Aaron Boone used to homer off Tim Wakefield in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS:
A bunch of stuff from Yankees of the 1950′s:
Bob Sheppard’s mic, circa the 1990′s:
Joe D’s locker from 1951:
The Yankees line-up card from their 112th win in 1998 – note who started that game for the Yankees and who finished up the day at third base for New York:
I should add that we took a break for lunch on Tuesday and ate at TJ’s Grill on Main Street (below). Good burgers!
And, lastly, before we hit the shops on Main Street and then left for home, we stopped by the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum. Here’s yours truly with someone there that you may recognize:
I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as we did taking them!