Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012

Horseheads, NY to Cooperstown, NY to Norwich, NY

Left Horseheads around 7:20 this morning and headed up I-86 and I-88 to Cooperstown, NY and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  You don't have to be a huge baseball fan to appreciate the Hall of Fame and Museum.  They had collections of baseball history going back to before the Civil War.  "Officially", baseball was "invented" by Abner Doubleday in 1839, but the Museum showed examples of similar games going back to the 13th Century.  Very interesting and very well laid out.

This is the outside of the Museum from Main Street in Cooperstown:

I had the same problem I had yesterday getting good pictures inside the museum, but here are a couple that came out pretty good:

This is the gallery where all the plaques from the inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are displayed:

And if you look carefully, you can see the plaques awarded to Cy Young and Connie Mack below:

And here are two of my favorite ball players, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams:

Cooperstown itself was pretty cool, filled with souvenir shops for baseball memorabilia.  I thought this one was interesting:

Cooperstown itself is on Otsego Lake, which was real pretty:

I left Cooperstown and headed to Norwich, NY for the Northeast Classic Car Museum.  The museum collection is a private collection that belonged to a local businessman, George Staley.  There are over 150 cars in the collection, ranging from 1900 to 1980 or so, and all are in running condition.  A few of the better ones are below:

 (1936 Pierce Arrow)

(1959 Lincoln Continental)

There were a lot more remarkable vehicles, but I had trouble with the lighting in the museum.

Tomorrow, it's on to Kingston, NY for the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Red Hook, NY for the Olde Rhinebeck Aerodrome, and Newburgh, NY for Motorcyclopedia.

Miles Today:  194
Total:  401