Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY    2009-08-19

 

So the day before that Woodstock concert, we had been further north in Cooperstown, NY to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.   Some highlights below.

 

More of my photos at: http://www.kodakgallery.com/edp128128/main/090814_cooperstown

Museum web site: http://web.baseballhalloffame.org/index.jsp

 

Don't assume this is a just a building full of just historic bats and balls.  For example on the left is a famous painting by Norman Rockwell that appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post (a popular magazine at the time) on April 23, 1949.   On the right, Andy Warhol painted this portrait of Tom Seaver in 1977.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim with one of her all time favorite players.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember 'Cowparade' in 2000 in Manhattan?   Here's the 'Holy Cow' Cow, with Phil Rizzuto's number 10 Yankee uniform.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curious what Joe Torre and Yogi Berra looked like in their younger playing days?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next time in Yankee Stadium notice that number 8 has been retired twice.   Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting statistical factoid.    With the dramatic increase in home runs in recent years, there has been a dramatic DECREASE in the number of triples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of Michael Jordan's bats in his brief baseball career in the White Sox minor league system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Unused 1994 World Series ball; Right: Cornerstone saved from Ebbetts field in Brooklyn upon its demolition in 1960, 3 years after the Dodgers left.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NY Giants cap worn by Bobby Thompson when he hit his famous home run in the 1951 playoff game against the Dodgers.    Note the Orange 'NY'.   It is the same 'NY' used by the Mets, only in blue.   On a related note, the Mets orange and blue colors were copied from the Dodgers (blue) and the Giants (orange).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie Robinson's first Dodger cap (B for Brooklyn), along with racially-oriented hate mail he was subjected to in 1947.

 

 

An exhibit about the life and career of Hank Aaron.   As with Jackie Robinson, he received racially-oriented hate mail; in his case, as he approached Babe Ruth's record in late 1973 and early 1974.

 

 

Even in Major League baseball you have mundane matters covered in interoffice memos.   In this case, hard to believe that in this day and age some players still smoke.

 

 

 

Left: This item is not in the Hall of Fame.   It is available for sale in a souvenir store down the block.

Right: My attempt at a major league comeback in a batting cage near the museum.   Shortly after this photo was taken, I twisted my back.

 

 

 

 

 

 




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