As baseball fans, we all have our favorite teams, players and games.
The history of our national pastime is filled with nostalgia and memories that have lasted nearly 200 hundred years – since Abner Doubleday invented the game in 1839.
Sure, we can scour the Internet and relive those moments via YouTube or visit a website that brings us there instantaneously. However, there’s nothing that replaces actually being at a historic location and soaking in the aura while in the presence of greatness.
From museums to ballparks and everything in between, our country is loaded with a treasure trove of baseball destinations from sea to shining sea.
Junior Baseball once again offers you and your family a comprehensive list of must-see baseball landmarks to embark this summer.
Enjoy the journey!
National Baseball Hall of Fame
Nearly 300,000 people a year make the pilgrimage to Cooperstown to pay homage to the heroes of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, so make sure you are one of them. The birthplace of baseball in the Village of Cooperstown, NY, was dedicated on June 12, 1939. The Hall of Fame Museum has three floors loaded with baseball history. From player and team memorabilia, exhibits and interactive kiosks, and photographs and manuscripts, there is a treasure trove of baseball goodies to keep you busy for hours. Among the highlights each summer is the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and this July 29 will induct Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Trevor Hoffman, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. You can also visit historic Doubleday Field, named in honor of Abner Doubleday, the game’s founder, and located right off Main St., which is lined with quaint shops, restaurants and baseball souvenir stores.
Museum tickets purchased after 6 p.m. allow you full free access the following day.
LOCATION: 25 Main St., Cooperstown, NY
SUMMER HOURS: Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
CONTACT INFORMATION: http://baseballhall.org or call 1-888-HALL-OF-FAME
NCAA College Baseball World Series
One of the greatest weeks in amateur baseball is the annual College World Series. The 2018 CWS will be played from June 16-26/27 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., which is considered one of the best venues to watch a baseball game. The stadium, which has a seating capacity of 24,000, has been the host site of the CWS since 2011. Prior to that it was held at historic Rosenblatt Stadium. The opening ceremonies kick off on June 15. As always, two double elimination brackets will determine which two teams will meet up in the best-of-three finals from June 25-26/27. The
University of Florida Gators are the defending champs.
LOCATION: TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St., Omaha, NE 68102
SUMMER HOURS: June 16-27
CONTACT INFORMATION: https://www.ncaa.com/ championships/baseball/d1
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Founded in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a lasting tribute to the men and legendary players who helped integrate baseball. From Jackie Robinson, Cool Papa Bell and Josh Gibson to Buck O’Neil and Satchel Paige, the 10,000-square foot facility which opened in 1997, houses multimedia displays, artifacts and photographs from the late 1800s through the 1960s. A stirring field of 12 bronze sculptures of Negro League immortals is a must-see as are a collection
of original uniforms from the Homestead Grays, Kansas City Monarchs and New York Cuban Giants. For all you music buffs, the American Jazz Museum shares space with the NLBM on 18th and Vine.
LOCATION: 1616 East 18th St., Kansas City, MO
SUMMER HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
CONTACT INFORMATION: www.nlbm.com or call (816) 221-1920
Peter J. McGovern Little League Baseball Museum
From the organizations’ pioneers who played the first-ever game on June 6, 1939 to the first Little League World Series participants in August 1947 to modern-day stars like Mo’ne Davis, visitors and baseball fans alike can views exhibits, artifacts, and interactive and immersive media that portray the culture and legacy of Little League Baseball at the Peter J. McGovern Museum. The Hall of Excellence is a must-see, honoring famous men and women who played Little League.
Make sure to visit both Howard J. Lamade Stadium (built in 1959) and Volunteer Stadium (built in 2001), sites of the Little League World Series each August.
LOCATION: 525 Route 15 Highway (Montgomery Pike), South Williamsport, PA
SUMMER HOURS: Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
CONTACT INFORMATION: www.littleleague.org/learn/ museum.htm or call (570) 326-3607
Monument Park at Yankee Stadium
The only thing better than attending a Yankees home game is visiting Monument Park just behind the left field fence at the new Yankee Stadium. There you can pay tribute to the immortal Bronx Bombers such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, who are honored with their retired numbers, plaques and monuments. It’s sure to give you goosebumps. The Yankee Stadium Pregame Tour is a great option for fans who want early access to the Stadium with a valid game ticket. This tour gives fans a guided tour with one of their knowledgeable tour guides through the New York Yankees Museum, private access to legendary Monument Park before it opens to the public, and concludes with exclusive access to batting practice in Section 105.
LOCATION: Yankee Stadium, 1 East 161st St., Bronx, NY
SUMMER HOURS: Game days, 3-4 hours before first pitch
CONTACT INFORMATION: http://newyork.yankees. mlb.com/nyy/ballpark/tours/ or call (646) 977-TOUR
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
When in Louisville, just look for the massive exact scalereplica of Babe Ruth’s 34-inch Louisville Slugger bat leaning against the museum. That will let you know you’ve arrived at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory – the giant bat is the world’s largest at 120-feet tall and 68,000 pounds. Once inside, visitors can tour the factory and watch how professional bats are made, climb atop the 17- ton limestone baseball glove sculpture, hit with replica bats used by Babe Ruth and Ted Williams or product-test the last Slugger bats in Bud’s Batting Cage, or visit the Grand Slam Gallery
and learn about the history of the iconic bat maker while holding actual bats used by the game’s legends. The best part of the tour though is getting your own mini souvenir bat. Everyone gets one for free!
LOCATION: 800 West Main St., Louisville, KY
SUMMER HOURS: Through June 30, Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. Extended summer hours July 1 to August 9 (Monday- Wednesday, 9-6; Thursday- Saturday, 9-
8; Sunday, 11-6). From Aug. 10, back to regular hours
CONTACT INFORMATION: www.sluggermuseum.com or call (877) 775-8443
Field of Dreams Movie Site
Go the distance. Or at least as far as Iowa. There you will find the baseball field built in a cornfield for the charming 1989 baseball movie, “Field of Dreams”, starring Kevin Costner. You will be overwhelmed how the century-old Lansing family farm’s corn field was transformed into a baseball field where dreams can come true and baseball unites us all. The once-movie site has become a baseball pilgrimage and tourist destination for all ages. Everything remains intact: the field, house, wooden first base stands and red barn. Just as it was for the movie.
LOCATION: 28995 Lansing Rd., Dyersville, IA
SUMMER HOURS: Open daily, call for hours
CONTACT INFORMATION:www.fodmoviesite.com or call (888) 875-8404
Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Statue at Radiology Associates Field
The historic ballpark, now home of the Daytona Tortugas of the Florida State League, opened on June 4, 1914 as the Daytona City Island Ballpark. It’s the ground-breaking site where Jackie Robinson played in the first integrated Major League Baseball spring training game in 1946 between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Jackie’s Montreal Royals, the Dodgers’ top minor league affiliate at the time. The park was renamed Jackie Robinson Ballpark in 1989 and features a statue
of Robinson, historical markers and a museum. Group tours are available by appointment.
LOCATION: 105 East Orange Ave., Daytona Beach, FL
SUMMER HOURS: 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday-Saturday
CONTACT INFORMATION: www. milb.com or call (386) 257-3172
Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum
Although Yankee Stadium is considered “The House that Ruth Built” the house he grew up in still stands in Baltimore, just a long fly ball from Camden Yards, home of the Orioles. In fact, you can follow 60 painted baseballs on the sidewalk between destinations. The birthplace and museum not only features exhibits on the life and times of the Sultan of Swat, it also preserves the rich and storied histories of both the Orioles and former Baltimore Colts.
LOCATION: 216 Emory St., Baltimore, MD
SUMMER HOURS: Open Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CONTACT INFORMATION: http://baberuthmuseum.org or call (410) 727-1539
Ted Williams Museum & Hitter’s Hall of Fame
The Ted Williams Museum & Hitters Hall of Fame brings a special element to Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Rays. Fans can view an array of different artifacts and pictures of the “Greatest hitter that ever lived.” These memorable displays range from the Splendid Splinter’s days in the military through his professional playing career. This museum is dedicated to some of the greatest players to ever play, including Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris,
and Japanese great Sadaharu Oh. Featured exhibits include: Cy Young, Triple Crown, Negro Leagues and League of Their Own movie display.
LOCATION: 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL
SUMMER HOURS: Open two hours before all Rays games through the 6th inning
CONTACT INFORMATION: www.tedwilliamsmuseum.com or call (727) 825-3137
Ty Cobb Museum
The Ty Cobb Museum is a nonprofit organization founded to perpetuate the memory of the greatest baseball hitter of alltime. Its mission is to foster education and understanding to the broadest possible audience the greatness of Cobb by providing art and memorabilia, film, books and historical archives. The museum collects, preserves, researches, interprets and exhibits items related to the “Georgia Peach” and the game of baseball. The museum features rare photographs and artifacts, including Cobb’s 1907 American League batting champion award.
LOCATION: 461 Cook St., Royston, GA
SUMMER HOURS: Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed July 4 and Labor Day
CONTACT INFORMATION: www.tycobbmuseum.org or call (706) 245-1825
Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum & Baseball Library
The not-for-profit museum displays records, artifacts, photographs, film and other items of interest associated with the historic life and baseball career of Shoeless Joe Jackson, the former Chicago White Sox great who was banned from baseball for his part in the 1919 Black Sox Scandal. A book collection related to baseball and its role in American culture is housed in Joe’s former trophy room. Donations of books have been made by baseball enthusiasts from across America. The house number is 356, a reminder that Joe’s lifetime batting average was .356, the third highest in baseball history after Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby.
LOCATION: 356 Field St., Greenville, SC
SUMMER HOURS: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday- Friday tours by appointment
CONTACT INFORMATION: www.shoelessjoejackson.org or call (864) 346-4867
The Baseball Bobblehead Museum
The Bobblehead Museum display on the Promenade Level at Marlins Park is located at Sections 14/15. It features a collection of current and former Marlins player bobbleheads, as well as current and past baseball players, mascots and broadcasters from all MLB teams. Displaying more than 600 bobbleheads at any time, the entire structure moves ever so slightly, causing the heads to constantly bobble.
LOCATION: Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL
SUMMER HOURS: During Marlins home games
CONTACT INFORMATION: www.miami.marlins.mlb.com or call (305) 480-1300
The oldest standing professional baseball stadium isn’t Fenway Park or Wrigley Field, but an amazingly restored minor league park. Built in 1910 by Birmingham industrialist Rick Woodward for the Birmingham Coal Barons., Rickwood Field was modeled after Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field and Connie Mack designed the field dimensions. The famous Black Barons of the Negro Leagues also called Rickwood home during their existence. The legendary Willie Mays, who grew up minutes away, was a 16-year old center-fielder on the 1948 championship squad. Although the minor league Birmingham Barons (the team that Michael Jordan once played for) now play in a new downtown stadium, once a year they don vintage uniforms and return for the Rickwood Classic. The field remains open for touring year-round.
LOCATION: 1137 Second Ave. West, Birmingham, AL
SUMMER HOURS: Call for availability
CONTACT INFORMATION: www.rickwood.com, (204) 548- 8161
Babe Ruth’s Grave
Even by today’s standards, it’s hard to comprehend the popularity of New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth, who some consider the game’s greatest player. Fans still pay their respects to the Sultan of Swat, who died on August 16, 1948, by leaving baseballs, bats and even hot dog wrappers from Yankee Stadium at the Bambino’s burial site in Section 25.
LOCATION: Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 West Stevens Ave., Hawthorne, NY
SUMMER HOURS: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Everyday
CONTACT INFORMATION: www.gateofheavenny.com, (914) 769-3672
Forbes Field Wall
Although Forbes Field – former home of the Pittsburgh Pirates – no longer exists, the site of arguably the greatest World Series home run is still recognized on the University of Pittsburgh campus. On October 13, in the bottom of the ninth inning of the seventh game of the 1960 series, Bill Mazeroski homered over the left field wall, defeating the New York Yankees, 10-9. The outfield wall remains preserved, and every year on Oct. 13, the anniversary of the game, a crowd gathers to listen to the game’s radio broadcast.
LOCATION: University of Pittsburgh, Roberto Clemente Dr,, Pittsburgh, PA
SUMMER HOURS: Year round
CONTACT INFORMATION: www.pitt.edu, (412) 624-4141
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Posted on 06/04/2018 at 08:30 AM