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Abner Doubleday Field, Cooperstown

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Doubleday Field is a baseball stadium in Cooperstown, New York named for Abner Doubleday and located two village blocks from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The grounds have been used for baseball since 1920, on what was Elihu Phinney's farm. A wooden grandstand was built in 1924, later replaced by a steel and concrete grandstand built in 1939 by the Works Project Administration. Subsequent expansion has increased seating capacity to 9,791 spectators.
Each year from 1940 to 2008, Doubleday Field hosted the Hall of Fame Game. Originally a contest between "old-timers" teams, it later became an exhibition game between two major league squads. Traditionally, the game was held during the annual induction weekend of the nearby Baseball Hall of Fame, but in later years it was scheduled in May or June, to accommodate the participating teams' travel schedules.
As MLB's last remaining in-season exhibition game, its results did not count in the official standings, and substitute players were generally used to avoid injury to starters. The curiosity factor of two teams from different leagues playing each other in this game outside of a World Series or spring training situation was eventually removed in 1997 with the launch of interleague play, further reducing the game's cachet. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Abner Doubleday Field by using our Cooperstown online travel planner.
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  • Lots of history here! We were fortunate to catch a tournament - a group that travels the country to play at historic ballparks. 
    Lots of history here! We were fortunate to catch a tournament - a group that travels the country to play at historic ballparks.  more »
  • Fun that this baseball field seems to be open frequently (we watched a game in early evening and heard another during the day) and anyone can enter and watch baseball games in progress. 
    Fun that this baseball field seems to be open frequently (we watched a game in early evening and heard another during the day) and anyone can enter and watch baseball games in progress.  more »
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  • Charming, old-school-feel ballpark just a couple of blocks down from the Hall of Fame. A great experience if you can catch one of the special event games played here in May or July.
  • I had the fortune to plat 9 games there, awesome field ,perfect infield with seemless transition to the outfield. Hats off to the caretakers?

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