• PHOTO ESSAY: Cooperstown, N.Y. – 2010 [Part 4]

    Posted by on September 26th, 2010 · Comments (7)

    This is the next installment of the photograph collection from my recent trip to Cooperstown, New York.

    For “Part 3″ of this series, click here.

    As promised, here’s the remainder of the photographs that I took of artifacts (and other things to see inside the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum) that caught my eye during my last visit.


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    Charlie O'Brien's "Hockey Style" Catcher's Mask - which he was the first to wear.

    Charlie Gehringer's bronzed glove.

    The opening stage view of "The Baseball Experience" playing in the Grandstand Theater.

    Lou Gehrig's locker.

    Craig Biggio's batting elbow guard.

    Phil Rizzuto's fielding glove.

    Spikes worn by Rickey Henderson to steal his career 938th stolen base.

    Babe Ruth crown given to Hank Aaron in 1977.

    1920 World Series baseball autographed by Bill Wambsganss.

    Big cleats worn by CC Sabathia to pitch first game at the "new" Yankee Stadium in 2009.

    Special uniform worn by the White Sox in the 1917 World Series.

    Suzyn Waldman's scorecard for Game 6 of the 2009 World Series - first time a woman broadcast a World Series.

    Glove used by Red Schoendienst in his record setting 1956 season.

    Babe Ruth's locker.

    Spikes worn by Pete Rose when he became the all-time "Hit King."

    Bat used by Paul O'Neill in 1994 when he won the A.L. batting title.

    Cover of the scorecard program for the 1903 World Series.

    Ticket to Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

    "Lifetime pass" given to Rogers Hornsby by Major League Baseball.

    Joe Morgan's fielder's glove.

    Miller Huggins' Yankees warm-up sweater circa 1925.

    Uniform and equipment worn by Hank Aaron when he hit his 715th career homerun.

    The Pittsburgh Chronicle-Telegraph Cup awarded to the winner of N.L. post-season series in 1900 between Pirates & Superbas.

    Yankee Stadium ticket booth which was in use through 1973.

    Comments on PHOTO ESSAY: Cooperstown, N.Y. – 2010 [Part 4]

    1. MJ Recanati
      September 27th, 2010 | 9:04 am

      Again, great photos!

      I especially like the ones where you show the baseball gloves from the 20′s-50′s. Crazy to think that someone could field a ball and still find the ball to throw it amidst all that extra leather.

      I also like the Miller Huggins warm-up sweater. That’s something my grandpa would’ve worn around the house. Pity they didn’t do merchandising back in the day like they do now.

    2. September 27th, 2010 | 9:59 am

      Thanks MJ.

      I agree, the gloves issue is something that doesn’t get talked about enough, IMHO. Today’s gloves practically catch the ball for you. In the old days, looking at the gloves, you almost wonder if they would have been better off playing bare-handed.

      And, I often wonder how this impacted pitching and hitting stats back in the day. Would Ted Williams had hit .400 if his foes had modern day gloves? Would Tony Gwynn have hit .400 if his foes, didn’t?

    3. Jim TreshFan
      September 27th, 2010 | 10:12 am

      I really like the old ticket booth there. Reminds me of the days when you’d walked up to it half an hour before game time, ask for two field level box seats on the third base side, hand the cashier a crisp $20 bill, grab the tickets and your change, stroll through the turnstiles with the grocery store bagful of munchies you brought with you, and join the other 12,000 or so souls to enjoy the game.

    4. September 27th, 2010 | 11:35 am

      As much as I want to say, sadly, we’ll never see those days again, I look at the O’s and Blue Jays, who used to jam their parks, and the Tribe too, and then they hit the skids and you have no problems getting tickets to their games now. So, maybe, if the Steins sell the team someday, and the new owner is a putz, we can get easy tickets in NY again? ;-)

    5. MJ Recanati
      September 27th, 2010 | 11:41 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      I’d rather have expensive and hard-to-get tickets with a good product on the field than cheap and available tickets to watch a lousy team.

      I remember the late 80′s and early 90′s and I don’t see why any true fan would want that again.

    6. Jim TreshFan
      September 27th, 2010 | 6:31 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:

      Why not get both a great team and great walk-up tickets? How about going back to see the ’61 Yankees? You want to see Whitey Ford go up 16-2 backed up by a lineup of Mantle, Maris, Berra, et.al.? Come to the Stadium on Saturday, July 8th. But get there a little early because it is a Saturday and Ford will be pitching against the Red Sox. Indeed, the park will be packed with over 23,000 fans that fair weekend day. That’s about 1/3 capacity! About as many as would show up on the last day of the season to see Maris hit #61. Or how about watching Ford win his 20th? That’s something he’s never done before, and it’s going to happen on August 10th against the expansion Angels. There’ll be a crowd of about 15,000 that day. That’ll leave you only about 50,000 empty seats to pick from. But then again these are the ’61 Yanks and this is Ford.

      By why bother with 1961? I remember some years later getting off of work one day and heading down to the Stadium with my crew, getting there no more than 30 minutes before game time, buying our tickets at the booth and then sitting field level—just six rows back from the field, I remember—just past 3rd base. What year was that now? Ah, yes! 1976. Nice seats. In fact they were brand new. And the Yankees were rather decent that year, wouldn’t you say?

    7. MJ Recanati
      September 27th, 2010 | 6:39 pm

      @ Jim TreshFan:
      Times have changed Jim. In 1961 or 1976, there was no internet, no YES Network, no MLB Advanced Media, no ESPN, etc. Despite higher prices, the game is more accessible to more fans now and, as a result, demand for tickets has shot up over the past 15 years. As demand increases, so too do prices.

      The days of half-empty stadiums are gone now for all but the lousiest of teams or the lousiest of markets. New York, Boston and Philly are not going to have good, cheap seats as long as the product is as great as it has been.

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