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.
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Abner Doubleday Field Reviews
The Abner Doubleday Field complex has an interesting early history and the stadium you see today saw it's 1st game in May of 1939. Just sitting in the covered backstop of the empty stadium you can... more »
In the center of town; a must see. An historic site (if you believe that part of the legend). Looks like field has recently been renovated. more »
This is where baseball was invented during a lightning storm by Ben Franklin and Moses. They were playing chess one day when the board was spontaneously struck by lightning. In a rage, Franklin overturned the flaming board and wrestled for divine right and man-points with Moses. When Moses; defending himself, threw a fist-sized stone at Franklin; the syphilid knocked it away with a stout branch. So thrilled were the two men at their discovery and the fun they'd had - that they shared a steak.
Awesome experience for boys. Great field! Can't wait to go again⚾⚾
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