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Visiting Cooperstown [Part 3]

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 24, 2010

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

For “Part 2″ of this series, click here.

Perhaps my favorite part of visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is looking at the exhibits to be found there. I could probably spend two hours alone perusing just the second floor.

In any event, here are some of the items that caught my eye during my last visit - and which I was able to photograph. This is just the first batch - as I took too many pictures to share in one post. The second batch will follow in "Part 4" of this series.

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos.

"First Ball" from the Padres-Dodgers 2008 exhibition game in Beijing China.

Silver Tray given to Lee MacPhail in 1953 for winning 5 World Series in a row.

Alta Weiss' 1908 Barnstorming dress uniform.

Carl Crawford's spikes from the May 3, 2009 game where he stole six bases.

Thurman Munson's catcher's mitt.

Babe Ruth Crown given to Ralph Kiner in 1949.

Joe DiMaggio's locker.

Barry Bonds' 756th HR ball with Marc Ecko asterisk on it.

Ticket to the last game played by the Montreal Expos.

Sliding pads worn by Ty Cobb.

Brad Ziegler's spikes from the game where he pitched the 26th scoreless inning at the start of his career.

Glove used by Brooks Robinson in 1966.

Honus Wagner's locker.

Scorecard from 9/25/00 Indians Double-header. Second time since 1900 team played two different opponents in Double-header.

Don Mattingly's Gold Glove Award.

Glove used by DeWayne Wise to save Mark Burhele's 2009 Perfect Game.

Rosin bag from Don Larsen's 1956 World Series Perfect Game.

Life-size statutes of Babe Ruth & Ted Williams in Hall of Fame Gallery.

Uniform top worn by Andy Pettitte in Game 6 of the 2009 ALCS - where he won his record 16th post-season game.

Glove worn by Enos Slaughter in 1946 World Series.

Oldest existing baseball from a scheduled game (played in 1854).

Bat used by Sammy Sosa in 2003 to become 1st Latin-American with 500 career HR.

The On-Deck Circle from Forbes Field.

Ball used for the final out of the 1962 World Series.

15 Responses to “Visiting Cooperstown [Part 3]”

  1. masternachos Says:

    I had thought the Hall of Fame and Musuem was quite peeved that fans had branded an asterisk in it, yet the asterisk is aimed so it's looking right at us.

  2. masternachos Says:

    D'OH! I meant to put, 'Barry Bonds' home run ball' in there somewhere.

  3. StephenH Says:

    Great pictures, thanks for sharing. I really need to revisit the Hall. Its been to many years! I don't think the Ted Williams statue was there last time I visited, only Babe's. I love the old lockers. I still have the pictures of them from my first visit.

  4. Steve Lombardi Says:

    Thanks Stephen - hope you enjoy the 2nd batch too once they're up.

  5. Tmckelv Says:

    I am sure there have been a lot of pictures taken of that Thurman Munson glove. I wonder if he will ever get any veteren's comittee consideration to get a plaque in there also.

    Thanks again for the pics.

  6. Steve Lombardi Says:

    It's interesting that the Munson glove and mask are on loan from Stick Michael. I wonder if he'll ever ask for them back?

  7. KenH Says:

    Can you imagine trying to catch a Ralph Kiner knuckleballing liner with Enos' glove? I wonder if they checked Sosa`s bat for cork or superballs?

  8. DoubleDiamond Says:

    Wow, 10 years ago tomorrow, Charlie Manuel had to manage against two different teams on the same day!

    In the fading days of the twenty hundred season, that unusual doubleheader in Cleveland must have slipped under my radar. I always wondered if Major League baseball would ever allow such a thing. Obviously, that earlier game against the White Sox was a rainout (or otherwise) make-up game, while the later game against the Twins was the regularly-scheduled game, since the Indians' next three games are also against Minnesota.

    I wonder why, if they had to reschedule the White Sox on that late season Monday, they didn't just move that night's game against the Twins to be a doubleheader on Tuesday. Was this during the time that the Jake was sold out every game, so a two-for-the-price-of-one twi-night doubleheader wouldn't accommodate people who originally had tickets to the postponed game, while making that one into separate admission games wouldn't be practical with school back in session?

    And when was that other doubleheader involving two different opponents?

  9. NJBaseball Says:

    These posts have been great, particularly because my wife and I went to Cooperstown to celebrate our anniversary this week. We were at the HOF on Friday and DID spend our first two hours on the second floor. After a break for lunch (burgers at the Cooperstown Diner), we took in the rest of the Hall.

  10. Steve Lombardi Says:

    Thanks NJ! And, belated happy anniversary!

  11. Steve Lombardi Says:

    DoubleDiamond -

    On September 13, 1951, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, the Cardinals split the first three-team doubleheader since 1883.

    •The Redbirds beat the Giants 6-4 before 4,160 in a rescheduled afternoon game due to rain the day before. The game was scheduled before Leo Durocher's club left town because the two teams were not scheduled to face each other in the remaining 2 1/2 weeks of the season.
    the third playoff game.)
    •The Cards were then blanked by the Boston Braves in the regularly scheduled night game, 2-0. The contest took only 1:48 before a crowd only slightly larger than the day game – 4,706.

  12. Steve Kuzmiak Says:

    People miss too much when they go to Cooperstown. One of the greatest authors in history, James Fennimore Cooper, is buried at the Christ Episcopal Church which is within spitting distance of the Hall of Fame. There are also great eateries such as the Redneck BBQ and the Blue Mingo Grill.

    And, Lake Otsego is magnificent. Out of all the artifacts in the Hall, my favorite thing still is to look at the standings in front of the museum. This should be done after breakfast at the Cooperstown Diner.

  13. John Autin Says:

    Steve, I'm enjoying the pics and looking forward to those of the lake.

    P.S. Please correct the spelling of perfect-game pitcher Mark BUEHRLE in the DeWayne Wise pic. Thanks!

  14. John Autin Says:

    Re: the final pic above:
    Could that really be the ball McCovey hit? Based on the lore, I expected it to be flat on one side, or at least have the cover hanging by a thread. 🙂

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