When you don’t have Regular Person Weekends off, you take random day trips on Mondays. Today, my dad and I went to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown for the first time in at least a decade. If you’ve never been, it’s well worth the trip to the little town on the shores of Lake Otsego in Upstate New York. There’s something baseball related everywhere you look. Here’s a bunch of photos from the day:
Yankees’ retired numbers
Christy & Nestor
Two Hall of Famers from Northeast Pennsylvania. Christy Mathewson, from Factoryville, was part of the Hall’s first class. Nestor Chylak, of Olyphant, was one of the game’s best umpires.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise has yet to produce a Hall of Famer, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of former SWBers with things in the Hall.
Around the Hall
Other notable Hall of Famers
I noticed WAR appears in some exhibits — and it’s always listed as WAR (Wins Above Replacement); there’s even an area that compares the MVP cases of Mike Trout and Triple Crown Miguel Cabrera — but no sabermetric stats show up one on any of the plaques yet. Back in the day, they loved themselves some putouts, though.