Cooperstown, NY is a small but beautifully picturesque lakeside village nestled between the Adirondack and Catskill mountains in the central part of New York. It was settled in the late 1700s by a judge named Cooper who's son, James Fenimore Cooper, was the author of the famous and timeless "Leatherstocking" tales including The Last of the Mohicians. His stories have been repeated in books and movies throughout the years. That fact alone was enough to put Cooperstown, NY on the map.
|Statue of James Fenimore Cooper, whose family name is responsible |
for the town's name -- Cooperstown. He authored the great Leatherstockings Tales.
|The graves of James Fenimore Cooper and his wife in the Cooper family plot of the Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery not far from the Baseball Hall of Fame.|
A decorated Civil War Union Army officer is credited with the invention of the game of baseball in 1839 at Cooperstown. His name was Abner Doubleday and the critical fact that he was at West Point during 1839, not in Cooperstown, has long since been forgotten. Doubleday lead soldiers at Gettysburg, but that point has been forgotten too.
|Wayne, Tom and DJ as we make our way into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.|
|Wayne looking at statues of Lou Geherig, Jackie Robinson and Orlando Cepeda|
|Baseball Hall of Fame Entrance|
|The photographer (yours truly) blurred this photo of Lou Geherig's locker and valuable NY Yankees memorabilia. Sorry.|
|A view of the old grandstand from right field.|
Another famous landmark is also located in Cooperstown.
|I always knew he was from a famous family...|
|DJ with the Sandlot Kid statue|