Last spring I traveled to Cooperstown, NY to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. It was a gift of sorts from my wife to celebrate my 40th birthday. Originally it was going to be a solo trip but when I started looking at places to say, my wife decided to tag along as long as we booked at one of the nice bed and breakfasts in downtown Cooperstown. I was happy for the company and ended up loving the trip. I plan on sharing some of my photos and memories from the trip in future blog posts.
trip inspired me and renewed my love and passion for baseball. The
love was always there but since that trip baseball has reentered my life
in a way similar to that of my childhood. I have been collecting cards
for years but my focus prior to the trip was more on USC football, this
trip sparked my desire to super collect the Giants.
the trip, I have been on the email list for the Hall of Fame. Weekly I
get an email that tells stories of the past, shares current news of the
HOF and links to a blog that share a lot of inside information on the
HOF. In a recent email, they shared the creation of a new monthly
podcast with interviews and discussions about baseball history. The
podcast is called Cooperstown Conversations and they have produced
podcasts under an hour a piece each of the 5 months of 2012. I have
listened to May and April (and listening to March as I type) and I would
highly recommend giving it a try.
My highlight was
an interview with a man who befriended Jackie Robinson as a teenager and
stayed in contact with Jackie for the remainder of Jackie's life. They
shared tons of letters and visited each other a few times. I believe
the man who was interviewed is publishing a book of all the letters. It
gave great insight into who Jackie was as a man and elevated my already
high respect for him. Some other cool features were interviews with
Carlton Fisk and Ozzie Smith along with a replay of a past interview of
the late Gary Carter.
Check it out and let me know what you think.