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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.
Abner Doubleday Field reviews
No games scheduled when we visited, although would have been nice. Very cool to see an historical ballpark with wooden seats. Went to use the restrooms and both men's and women's were horribly dirty..... more
No games scheduled when we visited, although would have been nice. Very cool to see an historical ballpark with wooden seats. Went to use the restrooms and both men's and women's were horribly dirty..... more »
Such a cool experience seeing this piece of history! So many greats have played on this field. Awesome time and Will be back!
Such a cool experience seeing this piece of history! So many greats have played on this field. Awesome time and Will be back! more »
I only got to see the outside..but, that was enough for me to see how amazing it is! It's a simple old school stadium, where many of the greatest players have gathered! It would be really cool to catch a game here one day! The town of Cooperstown is so cool! I wish I lived here!
Always exciting to play here. Beautiful field!! And plenty of shade. Bathrooms could use some help. Fencing protecting folks behind the plate needs repair.
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