Abner Doubleday Field, Cooperstown

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Doubleday Field is a baseball stadium in Cooperstown, New York named for Abner Doubleday and located two village blocks from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.The grounds have been used for baseball since 1920, on what was Elihu Phinney's farm. A wooden grandstand was built in 1924, later replaced by a steel and concrete grandstand built in 1939 by the Works Project Administration. Subsequent expansion has increased seating capacity to 9,791 spectators.Hall of Fame GameEach year from 1940 to 2008, Doubleday Field hosted the Hall of Fame Game. Originally a contest between "old-timers" teams, it later became an exhibition game between two major league squads. Traditionally, the game was held during the annual induction weekend of the nearby Baseball Hall of Fame, but in later years it was scheduled in May or June, to accommodate the participating teams' travel schedules.As MLB's last remaining in-season exhibition game, its results did not count in the official standings, and substitute players were generally used to avoid injury to starters. The curiosity factor of two teams from different leagues playing each other in this game outside of a World Series or spring training situation was eventually removed in 1997 with the launch of interleague play, further reducing the game's cachet.
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  • You walk into the park and feel yourself transformed back to the early days of baseball, before everything was sponsored by some big corporation. Beautiful old grass field, with wooden grandstands, du...  more »
  • Just being there where Baseball Truly Began was exciting. Almost solemn. Its simplicity is its true beauty.  more »
  • Bucket list check off! A must see for any baseball fan. Brings back memories. Able to go inside and sit on wooden bleachers. Would love to come back again and enjoy the town more.  more »
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  • It's pretty awesome. To see how the game used to look. It's free to get in and parking is 2 dollars an hour. It's a block from the hall of fame. It would be really cool to go out onto the field.
  • Old time feel. If you go in the early or off season, there will be pigeon poo on the benches. Not all of them, but be prepared. The old time, all American baseball feel will bring you back to a time before 20mil a year contracts and performance from a pill/needle/cream ruined baseball for you. Make the time
  • Legendary experience for our baseball team to play on this field.
  • Beutiful field in a great setting.
  • Awesome. Must see

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