The Magic of Abner Doubleday Field
resonates with the true spirit and integrity of "America's Favorite
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The grand game of baseball cannot be better
expressed than watching a game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY.
The hope that baseball players play the game for only the love of their
hobby or profession is fully realized everyday --three games a day
during the baseball season -- on Doubleday Field's plush green field
and perfectly manicured diamond. The seating capacity is 9,800,
admission free and the experience priceless.
Named after Abner Doubleday (1819-1893), a Union Army General and
allegedly the originator of baseball, Doubleday Field is as real as
baseball stadiums get. Major League parks may try to create an intimate
setting, but Doubleday Field was born that way and never strayed.
What a treat it is for the fans to sit in the Cooperstown sunshine
watching ballplayers hustling like there is no tomorrow and having a
good time in the process. The experience may be amateur, but it is
major league in every way as the passion that the ball players display
faithfully carries on in the tradition of America's favorite pastime at
the "Birthplace of Baseball" in Cooperstown NY.
The charming 19th century-like entrance, the covered grandstand behind
home plate, and bleachers encompassing the rest of the field resonate
with baseball pride. The stands have interesting nooks and crannies,
with the field being surrounded by beautifully mature trees, well
maintained homes (sometimes the victim of home runs breaking windows)
and a lovely church steeple.The Village of Cooperstown, Doubleday's
owners since 1919 (and with some great fundraising support for
renovations from the Ohio-based Friends of Doubleday) have clearly
shown a deep respect for this national landmark by keeping the history
intact, the game alive every baseball season day, and making sure the
future of Cooperstown includes Doubleday Field.
This type of preservation ultimately gives baseball fans a place of
baseball solace, knowing that they can catch a ball game with
integrity, passion and spirit intact. --played on a field so historic,
friendly and attractive that it will give even the most passive
baseball fans goosebumps.
Doubleday Field is located at 1
Doubleday Court in the heart of The Village of Cooperstown
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