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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  • Of course a trip to Cooperstown would not be complete without a visit to Doubleday. Regardless of the contentious birthplace of baseball, this old gem just oozes nostalgia. Take a free stroll up the s...  more »
  • Not a real attraction. No markers really to indicate significance. League of their own final scenes shot there...eh  more »
  • a kind of stage that Montreal (the Expos) should have (and more fat of course)... I like this stage as close to the action
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  • The birthplace of baseball! It is a must stop. You get chills thinking of the greats that have stepped foot on that diamond. Most of the time there is a high school game going on where you can wander in and watch. Just outside the parking lot you hit the main drag of Cooperstown loaded with shops and friendly people! Make you pilgrimage and see it for your own eyes!
  • Great place to visit. Better to go during the summer.
  • This was my very first time here @ the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown N.Y. 03-15-2018
  • Extremely outstanding experience for the All-star teams of Central New York to play on this field, where baseball got it's start. The kids will now have memories of a lifetime playing baseball here. Everybody was great.
  • 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.
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