The Baseball Hall of Fame, aka Cooperstown, turns 80 years old today. On June 12, 1939, Cooperstown opened its doors thanks to philanthropist Stephen C.Clark. Clark wanted to protect the sanctity of the game and help the local economy of Cooperstown; so he presented the idea of a Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The first inauguration of the Hall of Fame included: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner.
Since then, Cooperstown has been the “keeper of the game” and is arguably the most famous sports museum in the world. The museum contains over 40,000 artifacts such as uniforms, gloves, and baseballs and about 250,000 images.
The museum also includes educational programs. The A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center is home to over 3 million documents of baseball history. Outreach programs are available to all ages via virtual classroom technology.
Happy Birthday Cooperstown!