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Visiting Cooperstown [Part 4]

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 26, 2010

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.


Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos.

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.

14 Responses to “Visiting Cooperstown [Part 4]”

  1. LJF Says:

    Steve, thanks for this "photo-tour." For someone who has yet to viist, it moves it up above a couple of river trips for me, and that is saying a lot.

  2. Steve Lombardi Says:

    Thanks LJF - it's my pleasure to share it.

  3. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    Steve, thanks again. Having seen these pics make me even more determined to go back next Spring; if for no other reason, to see how much it has grown in the past 60 years.

  4. cubbies Says:

    i visted last winter, but i still love seeing everything again, including some things that i do not think were up yet. thanks a ton for the memories, steve

  5. kds Says:

    You have a photo you label "...1905 World Series" It shows, "Pittsburg Baseball Club." But the Pirates played in the World Series in 1903, 1909, 1925, 1927, 1960, 1971 and 1979. Not in 1905. There is either an error, or an interesting story.

  6. Rich Says:

    @ 5
    It's 1903 then. If you zoom in, you can see that they were playing Boston

  7. Steve Lombardi Says:

    Whoops - thanks guys, I'll fix that label later today.

  8. Steve Lombardi Says:

    Frank, cubbies - glad you liked the pix!

  9. StephenH Says:

    Steve, as I have said on your earlier photo posts. Thanks for sharing. I really got to go back! Great photos.

  10. Steve Lombardi Says:

    Thanks Stephen.

    Not sure if you guys will like the next set of photos of Otsego Lake, but, I think you're going to like the last installment of plaque photos. At least, I hope you do. 😉

  11. Tmckelv Says:

    i love the Aaron uniform and the Miller Huggins sweater. Nice pics. Thanks.

  12. John Autin Says:

    Steve, enjoyable series. Random comments:

    -- Red Schoendienst's glove is beautiful.

    -- I'm glad a woman got to call a World Series, but ... Suzyn Waldman? (I'll say no more, just to keep things on a cheery note.)

    -- Notice the spelling on that 1903 WS program: "Pittsburg". According to the Carnegie Library:

    "Pittsburgh has been spelled with an h officially and historically since its founding in 1758--except for the period between 1890 and 1911.... In 1890, the United States Board on Geographic Names decided that the final h was to be dropped in the names of all cities and towns ending in burgh. (Throughout the period 1890-1911 city ordinances and council minutes retained the h.) In 1911, after protest from citizens who wished to preserve the historic spelling, the United States Board on Geographic Names reversed its decision and restored the h to Pittsburgh."

  13. Steve Lombardi Says:

    Tmckelv - thanks.
    John Autin - nice catch on the Pittsburg thing!

  14. ART B Says:

    Cooperstown was founded by ancestors of the writer James Fenimore Cooper. His book "The Pioneers" describes life in pioneer Cooperstown (although he's disguised the name). In the story, Natty Bumppo (Hawkeye or Leatherstocking) gets arrested for shooting a deer without a hunting license. The whole book is about the problems of advancing civilization and the environment and the need to rpreserve wilderness and individuality. Interesting book, written in 1845 or thereabouts.