If you’ve never made the pilgrimage to Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame on induction weekend, put it on your bucket list.
I’m fortunate to have visited the Hall of Fame several times. Whether you’re a big baseball fan or not, it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss. You see, the Hall of Fame and Museum is not only a showcase of baseball’s legends and great moments – it’s a look back at American history, as baseball has been the fabric of our society.
For the older generation it’s a time to reminisce about one’s youth - and the great baseball legends of your time. For the younger generation, it’s a place to learn about baseball history and the great players and moments that helped mold this great game.
However, while anytime is a good time to visit, HOF induction weekend is special. It’s a time when Cooperstown is abuzz, as electricity is in the air. Fans from across America flock to the streets to mingle with other baseball buffs and look forward to meeting some of baseball’s legends.
If you’re as fortunate as I, you get to visit the Otesaga Resort Hotel – host hotel of the Baseball Hall of Fame and its Hall of Famers – baseball’s most exclusive club.
While sitting on the veranda overlooking beautiful Lake Otsego, I got to see and meet several of the greatest players to ever play the game. And, no matter how old one gets, meeting the legends of baseball is always a great thrill.
And legends indeed…Rod Carew, Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Carlton Fisk, Billy Williams, Randy Johnson, George Brett, Juan Marichal, Whitey Ford, and Joe Morgan, just to name a few.
One of the objectives of Youth Baseball Network is to help educate our young players on the history of baseball. As an old English proverb states, “You don’t know where you’re going, until you know where you’ve been.”
Visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a must-see for all Americas, but especially for our younger generation interested in this great game.
For more information about the Baseball Hall of Fame, visit: http://baseballhall.org/
The YBN’sider blog is written by Gil Vieira, Founder, President and CEO of Youth Baseball Network LLC.