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Throwback Weekend

Louisville Colonels vs. Rochester Red Wings (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  What to do when your kids are up in Michigan visiting their mom?  Call your best friend down from Ohio to catch a ballgame, that’s what!  The Bats, celebrating a throwback weekend, were playing as the Louisville Colonels (who were a founding member of the National League).  They also held a ceremony before the game to retire the numbers of Louisville’s own Pee Wee Reese (1) and his Brooklyn teammate, the great Jackie Robinson (42).

We had front row seats, with a good view of the game, even with the sun baking us a bit.  Good game for the home team, but Hernan Iribarren and D.J. Peterson leading the way offensively.  Both went 2-4 with an RBI.

On the mound, Cody Reed earned the win for the Colonels.  He pitched 7.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out nine.  FINAL:  Colonels 5, Red Wings 2.

It was a good game with a good friend. I’ve spent many years playing and watching baseball with this guy!  Brian would be back to join me for the August games, so more to come.

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2012 Baseball Trip: The Road to Cooperstown

The National Baseball Hall of Fame

Cooperstown, NYThe road to Cooperstown, New York may not be what you’d expect. In fact, it is almost a like travelling back in time, to a place without super highways and sky scrapers. The road is carved into the landscape of up-state New York, passing farms and classic homes. It’s a journey to a simpler time when baseball was king of all sports…as it should be. The town itself is quaint, with the feel of the turn of the century, but I didn’t see too much of it on the way there, as I was so excited to reach my destination…the National Baseball Hall of Fame…

Inside your welcomed by Gehrig, Robinson, and Clemente. Pretty good trio of legends…

The actual Hall itself, which is pretty simple and elegant:

One of my favorite classic Tigers and fellow second baseman…Charlie Gehringer

I was surprised to see a display of movies that featured baseball:

The rest of the museum was sort of all over the place. It had no real flow to it, and you never really knew what you were going to see next. I’ve been to the Hockey HOF in Toronto, and I guess I was comparing that to the baseball one here in Cooperstown. I was disappointed to find that no other baseball was represented here other than MLB. Nothing on the Minor League, college baseball, international baseball (Olympics or WBC), Little League, Negro Leagues, or anything else. Even the display for the girls baseball was much smaller than I thought it would be. I did enjoy seeing some of the old memorabilia from the 1800’s and to see how the game evolved. There was plenty of room for more displays, though, and maybe recognizing some very good players and teams that will not make the Hall, but still meant a lot to the game of baseball. We had a fun time, and this was something that we just had to do to cross off our baseball bucket list, but I guess I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more to it. And then seeing the prices in the gift shop simply just ticked me off a bit…

At least my home town got a little recognition in the girls display

No individual players from the Detroit Tigers 1984 World Champions are in the Hall, but the team was too good not ro be represented in the museum.

Home plate from Emmet’s Field

Doubleday Field

Cooperstown, NY: While in the Coop, checking out Doubleday Field is a must. It’s and old-time throwback stadium, but I really like it’s simplicity. They have a summer college team play there now, so it’s good to see it in use. It’s too bad I couldn’t have seen a game played here, though. We used the parking lot here, too, and just walked to the HOF.

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