National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The Baseball Hall of Fame was established and dedicated in Cooperstown in 1939. Cooperstown was the spot because it was widely believed at the time that Civil War veteran Abner Doubleday had “invented” baseball there. That’s long since been debunked, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the Cooperstown marvel.
The Baseball Hall of Fame features staggering amounts of baseball memorabilia and artifacts — everything from the bat Roger Maris used to break Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record to the one George Brett used during the infamous “Pine Tar Game” in 1983. They even have Shoeless Joe Jackson’s shoes!
Make sure to save the very best for last, though. You’ll appreciate the Plaque Gallery even more after having immersed yourself in all the historical exhibits—it’s almost a cathedral-like experience.
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