About Cooperstown - Sports Mems, Cards & Fan Shops
After a baseball player makes the major league roster, goes to the postseason, and wins a World Series championship, what comes next? If he is an extraordinary player with a consistently great career, he may be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Baseball's Valhalla comprises 306 elected Hall of Famers, including 211 retired major league players. Pitchers lead the pack with 74 retired hurlers in the Hall, followed by 24 shortstops and right fielders. There are 23 center fielders, 21 left fielders and first basemen, 20 second basemen, 17 catchers, and 15 third basemen. The first induction ceremony took place in 1939. Every summer, the baseball world gravitates to the tiny Village of Cooperstown, population 1,852, for the induction ceremonies and other activities. The Hall of Fame Museum contains a wealth of baseball memorabilia, including 130,000 baseball cards, 2.6 million newspaper photos and articles, and 38,000 artifacts. Visitors can browse the art gallery, rotating and permanent exhibits, and movie theater featurette. Baseball fans can show their affection for the Hall of Fame with memorabilia offered by the sellers on eBay. Look for a vintage-style Cooperstown hat or jersey. Look for individual Cooperstown pins or collections of these sought-after items.