I can’t think of a better place to have spent Fall Break than at the Baseball Hall of Fame. As a baseball fan, you only dream of being surrounded by all the history the museum has to offer; I never would have expected to experience it all my freshmen year of college. The building itself definitely caught me by surprise (if you are just walking down the street there’s a good chance you would miss it). It is nothing flashy, it just blends in with the surroundings of the town. Now the inside is a different story. We started off with the Enshrinement Room and that room sums up baseball. You look around and see all these major influential players and you can’t imagine achieving what they have. One of the coolest parts of that room is the military award that is placed under every player that served at some point for our country.
My thought going into the trip was that the museum would represent historic events that have occurred over the years, but that wasn’t really the case. The Hall of Fame tells the story of baseball and how it coincides with American society. Exhibits such as “The Negro Leagues” and “Viva Baseball” represent major points that changed the game of baseball, as well as life in America with integration.
Cooperstown should be on everyone’s “places to visit” list whether you are a crazy baseball fan or not. There is so much more to the museum and the town than just baseball (and in our case Mickey’s Place) that every person needs to experience. This trip was one that I will never forget and hopefully one day I will be able to come back and take in the experience all over again.