History of the Museum | Baseball Hall of Fame

The Baseball Hall of Fame opened on June 12, 1939 in Cooperstown, New York. The first five members who were voted in- back in 1936 – Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson- not a bad class! When they opened the Hall of Fame in 1939- they had four classes of inductees present. The Baseball Hall of Fame draws around 260,000 visitors a year. If you are a baseball fan it should be high on your list of places to visit. It is well off the beaten path- but the trip is well worth it. The town is a jewel- it has the feel about it like you have gone back in time. Once you are inside the Hall of Fame and Museum- you won’t want to leave. My first trip to Cooperstown was in 1970 when I was nine years old when my grandparents took me. I’ve been there a total of seven times now and the thought of making another trip sometimes soon is a possibility.

9 responses to “BASEBALL HALL OF FAME OPENS- JUNE 12, 1939

    • Unlike some classes we know…those were no brainers. Bailey and I are looking up packages to Cooperstown now.

    • It is a great trip- I can’t recommend it enough. The town itself is like a trip back in time- a perfect place for the HOF….. Let’s say the HOF just started up this year- who would the players voted in be- say if you could only have 5? Tough choices.

    • It’s a perfect time to take him because he started late…but he is baseball nuts now which is a good thing. I guess too many distractions when he was younger but yes…I’m looking forward to it. …I guess we would fly into Albany?

      Oh that is tough…personally off the top of my head. Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Walter Johnson, and Hank Aaron.

      That would probably be my list of only 5…without really deep thinking. What would yours be?

    • I would think Albany or Syracuse. I have always drove- but I am a lot closer. .. I looked its about an hour and a half drive from both Syracuse and Albany to Cooperstown….. I just wrote up a post on my 5- for Saturday. I will say we agree on three– what an impossible task to just pick 5.

    • Cool…I’ll check it out. It is hard…I think I know which three also…I’ll keep that to myself until then. Three were natural…the others I had to think…No Pete for either of us though.

  1. I’ve been there four times and will probably go again one day. The Abner Doubleday story is balderdash, but Cooperstown is such a beautiful town, I don’t really care.

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