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Baseball Hall Of Fame – Exclusive Tour [PHOTOS]

This weekend we were able to be in Cooperstown, NY for Classic Weekend.  That included getting to meet players and a look into the basement archives of the Hall of Fame. A once in a life time experience, that’s for sure.  Not everyone gets to venture down into the basement of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  I was one of the lucky people who got to venture down into the archives and see some pretty rare stuff.  Newspaper clippings that dated back to the 1860′s!  On the same page giving the box score of a baseball game was the announcement that President Lincoln had been shot.  That was pretty surreal.

The basement of the Hall of Fame has so much history and stories to be told I wish they could open things up to the public.  The problem is people can’t be trusted, and some of the artifacts are so rare and old they could deteriorate without wearing protective gloves. Rows and rows of photographs that could be destroyed by something as simple as being in room temperature conditions.  Boxes upon boxes of uniforms, bats, gloves and other equipment, all hidden deep within the archives.  Lucky for us they let me photograph some of the great things they had in the archives.  Including a jersey that was actually worn by Babe Ruth in the 1920′s that they let me hold.  Talk about a rush.  I was holding onto a jersey that the Babe wore!  Unreal man.

Me holding an actual Babe Ruth jersey in Cooperstown. Photo by BJ Ragone

This was one of the best parts of my whole trip to Cooperstown.  Being able to see all the rare things that most people don’t get to see was so cool.  I can’t believe I was lucky enough to travel down to a place that few have gone.  Can’t wait to head back to Cooperstown again,because this little town has a lot to offer.

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