Annual attendance at
the Hall of Fame and Museum regularly approaches 350,000 and twice has
topped 400,000. The shrine is open year round, and during July and August
it is not unusual for the daily count to exceed Cooperstown’s population.
The biggest day of the year, of course, is Hall of Fame day when the newly
elected members are inducted. Many league executives, club officials, former
players, and coaches and previously- inducted Hall of Famers participate
in the emotion- packed program, witnessed by thousands of baseball fans
from all over the United States and Canada. The following day, two major
league teams clash in the annual Hall of Fame Game at Doubleday Field.
The ball field, just a block away from the Museum, is located on the former
Elihu Phinney cow pasture where baseball was ounce believed to have been
first played more than a century ago. The Village Board of Trustees transformed
the pasture into a ballpark of major league specifications in 1939, and
now it seats approximately 10,000 fans.