June 16, 2011 (by Madison)

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 25, 2011

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Cooperstown KOA
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Brewery Ommegang Cooperstown
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cooperstown, NY

(This entry was created by Madison)

Today I was the second one to wake up.  My dad was the 1st one up, Emma was the 3rd one up, Katelyn was the 4th one up.  We got ready to go to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  When we got to Cooperstown (the hall of fame is located there) we drove around town to try to find a parking spot.  Luckily, we found a parking spot right across from the Hall of Fame.

As we were driving I was wondering why is the Hall of Fame located in such a small town in the USA. When we walked in, we went to the 'History of Baseball' section.  I found out that a guy named Abner Doubleday invented baseball.   He was from Cooperstown, so they built the Hall of Fame in there in honor of him. 

Next, we walked into  a room called the 'Art of Baseball'.  This is the room were famous artists and painters paint, color and sculpt monuments of players.  I liked the picture were Babe Ruth said that he was going to hit a home run.   I liked this picture because this has never happened before.  I also like it because it was in the World Series, Game 3, on Oct. 1, 1932 at Wrigley Field. 

We then went to the 'Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery'.   This is the room were the plaques of all the people voted into the Hall of Fame are located.  They held these plaques when they are inducted and giving their speeches.  When I got there I was so exited.  I was running around trying to find all of the famous players that I knew.   For example, I wanted to find Babe Ruth, Mike Schmidt and other Phillies players.  I took a lot of pictures of the plaques.  I liked this room because you could see the plaques that the players touched.  

Finally, we walked into a room called 'Today's Game'.  We saw the Phillies section. I saw the baseball that Roy Halladay used to throw his perfect game.   I liked seeing the baseball because this never really happens.  I also liked the shirt that Eric Bruntlett wore at the game where he had his unassisted triple play.  I liked seeing this because an unassisted triple play rarely ever happens. I also liked the helmet Carlos Ruiz wore in the world Series.  I liked this because it looked worn out and sweaty.    I liked the shoes that Jason Werth wore in the World Series because they still had dirt on them.    I liked this room best because it has all of the artifacts that the players wore to make their good plays.

I really liked going to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  I loved going into the 'History of Baseball',  'Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery', and 'Today's Game'. The Baseball Hall of Fame was not what I expected.  I expected a room full of pictures.  If you really enjoy baseball I recommend this trip for you.  

Additional trip detail entered by Dad:
An additional stop we made in Cooperstown was at the  Ommegang Brewery.   Ommegang is a Belgian beer that I found about a year ago in Kennett Square, and I have been looking forward to visiting them since I saw that they were located in Cooperstown.

We arrived at Ommegang at 3:30, and it was quite busy.  We had to wait 45 minutes for a tour, so we went into a connected Belgin pub where I ordered a beer and 2 orders of Belgian fries.  We all agreed that they were about the best fries that we have ever had...seriously!!  They were fresh cut potatoes, that they said they double cooked, and they were amazing.

At a little after 4pm we started on our 30 minute tour, which was informative.  The girls learned about the process of beer making, and were told that beer is better than wine!  They really enjoyed smelling all of the ingredients as the different beers were explained to us.   I enjoyed walking through the main floor of the brewery where the boiling wort (the barley and the hops, in raw form) had such a strong smell and reminded me of the days in Phoenixville when I experimented by making my own beer.  It was that exact smell, so it really brought back the memory.
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Eva Thomas on

Hi guys - I am a big baseball fan and LOVE Cooperstown. We were lucky enough to be there years ago when Mike Schmidt was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Sounds like fun. Wish I was there. Still Sitting around in my cast - 2 1/2 weeks to go.

Keep Reading, girls!
Mrs. T.

Nick Frazier on

Hi Guys! I saw you went to Lake George. We go every summer. Did you see the Minnie Ha Ha? Did you swim in Lake George? Was the water cold in Lake Erie? Bike riding in Acadia sounded fun! It sounds like you're having a great time!
from, Nick

Mr. L. on

Madison, I loved reading your blog. Sounds like the baseball Hall of Fame was a big hit . . . get it . . . "big hit." What a wonderful experience for all of you. You are seeing more of this wonderful country than most people who have lived way longer than you have. I am so glad you are keeping a journal. This is something that you will treasure forever! Take care and thanks for keeping us updated on your big adventure!

Jenny Beauchamp on

Your trip looks like lots of fun
I miss you and and looking forward for your return
<3 Jenny

Jenny Beauchamp on

Sorry about the part before Jenny i didn't mean to do that. It was supposed to be a heart! See You Soon

Effie Barnes on

Mr. Barnes has always wanted to see the Hall of Fame. You have inspired to to visit there.

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