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Cooperstown

Memories of Cooperstown, New York

Over the years, I’ve had the blessing of many trips to Cooperstown New York. We live about 3 1/2 hours from Cooperstown. My trips began when I was 12 years old and continue all these years later. I wanted to share a couple of stories involving my son, Nick.

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Double Day Field and a Father and Son

Nick and I ventured to Cooperstown on a blustery, cold February day about 20 years ago. (I don’t recommend visiting in Winter.) Cooperstown was cold and dark that Friday evening. Not much going on. We walked downtown and came across Doubleday Field. I enjoy collecting dirt from various ballparks. Doubleday Field was a must have. The solution was to have the wiry and limber Nick climb the fence to gather the dirt. He was willing and I was willing to push him over the top of the fence. It was 10:30 at night and not a soul was in sight. As the comedian Jim Gaffigan says, “there’s always time for one more bad decision”. Waiting for Nick to finish up, I heard a terrifying crash from inside the fence. I heard Nick moan. He slipped on ice as he was approaching the dugout and fell into the dugout on his back. After extricating him from the field, we checked on his well being, he handed over the dirt. Bonding as it should be. We called it a night.

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Doubleday Field grass and dirt.

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Nick’s first trip to Cooperstown NY. Years later…he would gather the “Hallowed Ground” pictured above.

Cooperstown Motel

There was a Motel in downtown Cooperstown called the Cooperstown Motel. Just off the parking lot was a fire dept siren that could be heard throughout the village. One evening around two in the morning, the siren went off. The utter shock and terror of waking up to a fire siren just outside is unforgettable. We had to gather our bearings because we woke up in a hotel and strange surroundings. The crescendos and valleys of a fire siren lends itself to many hopeful moments that it will end. (Here is a link to a Youtube video of the Cooperstown Noon Whistle. The difference is we were right next to it….and it was the middle of the night.) To this day I’ve never been that close to a fire dept siren but when I do hear one, I think of Cooperstown. Nice…huh? I found out the next day, it was a false alarm. No injuries or damage.

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Cooperstown Motel—Ironically and Sadly, years later, this is how it came about it’s demise. The TV remote control was bolted to the TV stand on our visit. (Click here for another blogger’s tale of his stay at this hotel)

Lou Gehrig’s locker

Nick and I happened to hear an interaction between a father and his young son, who were also touring the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The subject of their discussion was Lou Gehrig’s locker from Yankee Stadium. This locker has long been on display at the museum. The young son asked his father ” Is that Lou Gehrig’s real locker?” The father responded “No, that not his real locker.” As bad of a father that you may have thought of me at the beginning of this post concerning pushing my son over the fence at Doubleday Field…this father trumps that.

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Lou Gehrig’s locker at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. I’m sure of it.

The photos that follow are of poor quality.They are from a couple of my early trips. Nothing special…. just wanted to share.

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Baseball Hall of Fame Museum–1970’s.
It is vastly different now. (Photo taken from publication below)

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Baseball Hall of Fame Yearbook from the 1970’s

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I might be wearing a SWATCH watch. (Late 1980’s)

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George Brett’s Pine Tar Bat. Puts a smile on your face thinking about it!

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This storefront used to be “National Pastime”. A fabulous baseball memorabilia store. No More.

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Nick pointing out that the Mets are 25 games out.

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They play all year.

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Walk out of the men’s room at the Baseball Hall of Fame and this what you see on the wall.

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One of these guys is not like the others…

One last word. We ran into Joe Pepitone at the Doubleday Cafe. He is a retired ballplayer with outstanding hair.

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2018 Queens Baseball Convention

What separates the holidays and opening day? I can answer that. It is the 2018 Queens Baseball Convention. The Queens Baseball Convention occurs at a time when we need it most. It is a blast for all Mets fans….young, old….optimistic, depressed….every Mets fan will enjoy this experience. Click the photo below for the initial announcement and additional info. Click here for a post about the 2017 convention.

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Some wimpering about the Mets…then “Resources and Links” for the Collector

My Whining

On April 13, 2017 the Mets had a one and a half game lead in the National League East. The season flagged from there. There was an abundance of reasons why the Mets played poorly all summer but injuries were the primary force behind an abysmal season. I do not seek pity by posting the ensuing injury list…but look at Wilmer Flores’ injury on 9/2…it was a foul ball to the FACE. HE hit a foul ball into HIS OWN FACE.

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Some of this list is transactional but you can imagine the scope of the chaos that Met fans were privy to.

9/20/17
Lagares, Juan
CF Thumb soreness Day-To-Day
9/2/17
Flores, Wilmer
3B Face Day-To-Day
8/26/17
Céspedes, Yoenis
LF Right hamstring strain 10-Day Disabled List
8/25/17
Conforto, Michael
LF Dislocated left shoulder 10-Day Disabled List
8/24/17
Conforto, Michael
LF Dislocated left shoulder Day-To-Day
8/21/17
Matz, Steven
P Ulnar nerve irritation, left elbow Day-To-Day
8/19/17
Matz, Steven
P Ulnar nerve irritation, left elbow 60-Day Disabled List
8/19/17
Matz, Steven
P Ulnar nerve irritation, left elbow 10-Day Disabled List
8/16/17
Reyes, José
SS Sore left ribcage 10-Day Disabled List
8/12/17
Lugo, Seth
P Right shoulder impingement 10-Day Disabled List
7/28/17
Pill, Tyler
P Right elbow surgery – out for season 10-Day Disabled List
7/27/17
Rivera, T.J.
3B Partial right UCL tear 10-Day Disabled List
7/23/17
Wheeler, Zack
P Stress reaction in right arm 10-Day Disabled List
7/23/17
Wheeler, Zack
P Stress reaction in right arm 60-Day Disabled List
7/15/17
Céspedes, Yoenis
LF Hip Day-To-Day
7/8/17
Nimmo, Brandon
LF Partially collapsed lung 10-Day Disabled List
6/28/17
Conforto, Michael
LF Bruised left hand 10-Day Disabled List
6/28/17
Gsellman, Robert
P Strained left hamstring 10-Day Disabled List
6/20/17
Wheeler, Zack
P Right biceps tendinitis 10-Day Disabled List
6/16/17
Lagares, Juan
CF Fractured left thumb 10-Day Disabled List
6/15/17
Harvey, Matt
P Stress injury, right scapula 10-Day Disabled List
6/15/17
Harvey, Matt
P Stress injury, right scapula Day-To-Day
6/14/17
Smoker, Josh
P Strained left shoulder 10-Day Disabled List
6/13/17
Cabrera, Asdrúbal
SS Sprained left thumb 10-Day Disabled List
6/12/17
Céspedes, Yoenis
LF Sore left heel Day-To-Day
5/22/17
Milone, Tommy
P Sprained left knee 10-Day Disabled List
5/22/17
Milone, Tommy
P Sprained left knee 60-Day Disabled List
5/14/17
Cabrera, Asdrúbal
SS Sprained left thumb 10-Day Disabled List
5/11/17
Familia, Jeurys
P Arterial clot in right shoulder Day-To-Day
5/11/17
Familia, Jeurys
P Arterial clot in right shoulder None
5/11/17
Familia, Jeurys
P Arterial clot in right shoulder 60-Day Disabled List
5/3/17
d’Arnaud, Travis
C Bone bruise, right wrist None
5/3/17
d’Arnaud, Travis
C Bone bruise, right wrist 10-Day Disabled List
5/1/17
Syndergaard, Noah
P Torn right lat None
5/1/17
Syndergaard, Noah
P Torn right lat 60-Day Disabled List
4/28/17
Céspedes, Yoenis
LF Strained left hamstring 10-Day Disabled List
4/28/17
Céspedes, Yoenis
LF Strained left hamstring None
4/27/17
Céspedes, Yoenis
LF Pulled left hamstring Day-To-Day
4/27/17
Syndergaard, Noah
P Right biceps tendinitis Day-To-Day
4/21/17
Flores, Wilmer
3B Right knee infection None
4/11/17
Harvey, Matt
P Tight left hamstring Day-To-Day
3/31/17
Lugo, Seth
P Right arm fatigue Day-To-Day
3/30/17
Lagares, Juan
CF Left oblique strain None
3/30/17
Lugo, Seth
P Partial tear in right elbow UCL 60-Day Disabled List
3/30/17
Lugo, Seth
P Partial tear in right elbow UCL 10-Day Disabled List
3/30/17
Lugo, Seth
P Partial tear in right elbow UCL None
3/30/17
Matz, Steven
P Left elbow irritation 10-Day Disabled List
3/30/17
Matz, Steven
P Left elbow irritation None
3/30/17
Nimmo, Brandon
LF Strained right hamstring 10-Day Disabled List
3/30/17
Nimmo, Brandon
LF Strained right hamstring None
3/30/17
Wright, David
3B Cervical disc herniation 60-Day Disabled List
3/30/17
Wright, David
3B Cervical disc herniation None
3/26/17
Matz, Steven
P Left elbow irritation Day-To-Day
3/25/17
Lagares, Juan
CF Left oblique strain Day-To-Day
3/12/17
Nimmo, Brandon
LF Strained right hamstring Day-To-Day
3/1/17
Wright, David
3B Right shoulder impingement Day-To-Day
Resources

Can you prove to me He doesn’t? (image courtesy New York Post)

It was somewhere between Brandon Nimmo’s collapsed lung and Wilmer’s foul ball to the face that I began considering a “Resources and Links Page” for this blog. I will move on.

Resources and Links

What follows is a partial list of websites that can be of tremendous help when researching or growing your personal sports memorabilia collection. My hope is to continue to grow and categorize the “Resources and Links Page” in an ongoing manner. For now, this is the beginning. Please reach out to me with any websites you would like to see added. I can’t imagine all of the informative and magnificent sites out there.

 

Great Information

KeyMan Collectibles
Sports Collectors Daily
Sports Collectors Digest
The Trading Card Database
Auction Report
Pre-War Card Magazine
Antique Sports Collector
19th Century Base Ball
Antique Football
Vintage Sports Shoppe
Collectors Weekly
The Nodder Exchange
Martin’s Baseball Memorabilia
Collectibles Central

Auction Websites

Huggins and Scott Auctions
Hunt Auctions
Robert Edward Auctions
Wheatland Auction Services
Leland’s Auctions
Grey Flannel Auctions
Mile High Card Company
Pristine Auction
Goodwin & Co
Baggers Auctions

Please let us know of any sites you find of importance in your collecting. Contact us.                      I can be found on Twitter….right here!

 

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