Ciao, Cooperstown: Move the Hall of Fame to New York City

Cooperstown is nice, but the National Baseball Hall of Fame belongs in New York City. (via Christine Wagner)

Cooperstown is nice, but the National Baseball Hall of Fame belongs in New York City. (via Christine Wagner)

I have a confession to make. I’m a lifelong baseball fan. I write about the sport for a living. I have a tiny but cherished collection of baseball memorabilia. I’m an obsessively close watcher of Hall of Fame elections.

But I have never been to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Why? Because it’s prohibitively difficult to get to.

Cooperstown, a tiny village in far Upstate New York, is 240 miles west of my hometown of Boston. It is a 200-mile, four-hour drive north of New York City (without traffic). It is not on an interstate highway. The nearest commercial airport—Albany International, not exactly a major hub—is itself 70 miles away. And few people find a reason to be in the area because, frankly, there isn’t a lot else there. In 2010, Cooperstown had only 1,852 residents. The population of its surrounding county is just 60,636 and, in keeping with upstate demographic trends, is getting smaller every year.

The Hall of Fame does a disservice to fans—and to itself—by housing the most important artifacts of our national sport in a place where so few people can go to see them. Instead, the museum ought to make its home in the capital of baseball, if not the capital of the world. The Hall of Fame needs to relocate to New York City.

The Big Apple needs no introduction. It is home to 8.5 million people, and over 50 million more visit each year. That’s a huge potential market for a Hall of Fame that has struggled to attract tourists in recent years. In 2013, the Hall received only about 260,000 visitors—its lowest attendance since the 1980s. By contrast, in New York City, even secondary museums like the Brooklyn Museum top 500,000. A Gotham-based Hall of Fame would become a must-see addition to the typical tourist circuit for the legions of baseball fans who already visit the city regardless.

Perhaps more importantly, the museum would be within easy reach of New York City natives. That gives the museum and its archives access to a much deeper pool of talent for hiring curators, librarians, marketer, and fundraisers. It makes the museum a plausible afternoon outing, rather than an overnight ordeal, for millions of New Yorkers. Currently, only diehard baseball fanatics make the trip to Cooperstown, but if the Hall were a quick subway ride away, even casual fans would visit. That, in turn, benefits Major League Baseball, as casual fans morph into more serious fans as they learn more about the game’s rich history. The league could even make it where they hold gala events. Few venues would be more impressive.

Relocation would also expose new faces to the past and present glory of the world’s greatest sport. Baseball is not dying, but it does need to do a better job reaching out to young and diverse demographics. New York City is where they live. The city’s median age is 35.5, and two-thirds of its residents are minorities. Cooperstown, on the other hand, has a median age of 47.1, a Latino population of 58 and an African-American population of six. Those are raw numbers, not percentages.

Cooperstown is what baseball once was. New York City represents what it has become: a global, diverse game. There is something regrettably appropriate about the Hall’s current neighbors given baseball’s obdurate old-boys network and tight embrace of its aging fan base. By moving its Hall of Fame to New York City, the sport would make a powerful statement about its vision for the future.

Of course, there is one strong counterargument: Baseball’s most sacred shrine and the repository of its past should be located in the city of its birth. I agree. Another point for New York City!

When the Hall of Fame was first established, people widely accepted the story that Abner Doubleday invented baseball in Cooperstown in 1839. Today we know it is a fabrication. Baseball is a composite sketch of several 1800s bat-and-ball games, devised and honed in cities like Boston and Philadelphia. But the version of the game that won out came from New York City.

The first proper baseball team was the New York Knickerbockers, which defined many of the first rules for the sport. The first-ever baseball game, and many subsequent Knickerbocker matches, was played at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, N.J., alongside the Hudson River and overlooking Midtown Manhattan. The sport’s first governing body, the National Association of Base Ball Players, was a federation of 16 club teams—all based inside the city limits of modern-day New York. Other sports’ halls of fame—notably, football’s and basketball’s—are located where those sports were invented. Baseball’s should be, too.

Despite its reputation, baseball was never a pastoral game as the Cooperstown myth implies. It originated and grew in the city, a game played on the streets and a noisy, crowded entertainment no different than nightclubs or the theater. As the sport professionalized, New York City was its hub, the original home of three of its most storied franchises. Today, Major League Baseball itself has its headquarters there. Last month, it donated $1 million to build a Jackie Robinson museum in the city. It easily could do the same for the Hall of Fame.

Looking at the two arguments side by side, there is no reason for the Hall of Fame to be in Cooperstown instead of New York City—except politics. The Hall has a long and deep relationship with Cooperstown and the surrounding community, and it would be very difficult for them to break it off. The good people of Cooperstown would be rightfully upset, and upstate New York may see the departure of the Hall of Fame as symbolic of the region’s overall decline.

I am sympathetic to that. Upstate has a proud past, and it’s sad that it has had to let go of it. I want as many people as possible to share in the joy of the Hall of Fame’s collection—to feel like it belongs to them. But that is also the reason why it belongs in New York City.

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I picture a gleaming, modern museum ready to tell baseball’s story. It could be adjacent to the site of Ebbets Field or on the grounds of the old Yankee Stadium. It could sit on the Chelsea waterfront, with a spectacular view of baseball’s true birthplace, Elysian Fields. It could be anywhere with a New York City address and a nearby subway stop. But it can’t be in Cooperstown much longer.

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Nathaniel Rakich writes about politics and baseball at Baseballot. He has also written for The New Yorker, Grantland, The New Republic, and Let’s Go Travel Guides. Follow him on Twitter @baseballot.

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Jim S.
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Jim S.

Never.

Herve B
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Herve B

nope

Christine A Eggleston
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I would say all of us up here near Coopertown would lament the travel to NYC to visit the Hall of Fame…the rip for us…would be the trip of Nathaniel Rakich’s trip.

Nanii
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Nanii

Keep your grubby hands off our treasures. You have enough to see in NYC. Should London move Big Ben to NY just so you’re not inconvenienced? Fuck off.

Mike
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Mike

Well said. Hahaha

Mike
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Mike

I’ve been to Cooperstown 3 times. Once with 10 friends. 6-7 hour drive from Toronto. Cooperstown is a wonderful little town. And the drive is fantastic through the Finger Lakes. Leave the HOF where it is. Where it is, is partially what makes it so special. Move it to NYC and my friends and I will never go again.

jill smith
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jill smith

I love it!!

jill smith
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jill smith

I LOVE Nanii’s comment, not this silly article!

Frank Firke
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Frank Firke
Based on some numbers from Google that I take with a certain amount of skepticism, the Bronx Museum’s 2006 renovation cost roughly the entire HOF endowment (+/- $35MM) for about half the square footage in terms of exhibition space as the current Hall (33K vs 60K), in a spot that is pretty cheap and easy to get to from Manhattan (i.e. a good comp for where we’d like the Hall) and a cheaper real estate market. There are reasons to move the Hall to a big city, and perhaps a small NYC outpost is feasible, but I don’t think the… Read more »
KH
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KH

A billionaire already owns it. She can move it wherever she likes. With that said, history matters.

L.Salisbury
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L.Salisbury

She would NEVER do that to Cooperstown, she is Cooperstown, she loves Cooperstown!

L.Salisbury
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L.Salisbury

And also there many other attractions just miles away, Farmers Museum, in Schoharie County, just 30 min drive, Howes Caverns, Secret Caverns just to name a few!

Carl
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Carl

Heresy.

Rally
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Rally
The HOF is not cheap ($23 for adults), and every time I’ve been there (10+ times, never on induction day) there seem to be plenty of people. Not sure if you have enough room to accomodate much increased attendance, especially to the extent you’d need to offset the much higher NYC real estate costs. “Currently, only diehard baseball fanatics make the trip to Cooperstown, but if the Hall were a quick subway ride away, even casual fans would visit.” Not a business argument, but on personal preference I love the filter that attracts the hardcore and not the casual fans.… Read more »
pleeeease
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pleeeease

So how many folks are a “quick” subway ride away from any particular spot in NYC?

JSB
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JSB

Who gives a rat’s patooty about baseball fans in NYC when there are fans in 8 bloody time zones in this country who travel to Cooperstown??? Get off your butts and see America – Cooperstown IS New York. Farmland, rolling hills, the birthplace of baseball. Sheesh, how myopic can you get.

Harvey
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Well, whatever reasons one might give for keeping the Hall in Cooperstown, the long-debunked myth of that town being the “birthplace of baseball” (as noted in this post) is not a valid one.

Carmen
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Carmen

Well said!!!

Melanie
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Melanie

Well said, JSB! Cooperstown is a wonderful town with a gorgeous lake, excellent restaurants several fabulous Inns, B&Bs, THE Otesaga, breathtaking scenery, fresh air, need I say more?

Karen
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Karen

Well said. Cooperstown and the surrounding area has more to offer than just baseball. It also provides a taste of the country, pays tribute to James Fenimore Cooper, and hosts other venues native to the area, something not available in the City. Perhaps Mr. Rakich should have visited Cooperstown before making judgements. It’s not a terrible drive from Boston, Mr. Rakich.

Herbert Hyde
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I live in Albany, or as you NYC egoists, say, Smalbany…not a quick, “pleasant” peeuh subway ride away. Three hours of tortuous travel to Gotham City, fighting your way through crowds of people, quite a few talking to themselves…Nope, keep it where it belongs…It gives you city slickers a chance to view the rest of this great country in beautiful upstate New York. The real New York…

Derek
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Derek
Awful, Awful idea. What I want to know is how the author is such a big baseball fan, but can’t drive a simple 4 hours. My in-laws live 6 hours away and I make that drive at least 20 times a year. As a resident of Illinois, I have been to the baseball Hall of Fame, and don’t see the problem with its location. Get out of your big city and go visit the hall in all of its charm. If you are the true baseball fan you claim to be, then prove it and go give the hall of… Read more »
Rainy Day Women 12x35
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Rainy Day Women 12x35

EXACTLY. 4 hours drive is too much? LOL. Growing up in So Cal, I had a 4 hour drive to Las Vegas. Only managed to go around 30 times over the years. If I lived that close to the HOF, I’d have gone. Over and over.

Jamie
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Jamie

As someone living in the UK, I’ve often looked at taking a trip to the Hall of Fame, but it’s neigh on impossible to do so and almost doubles the cost of any possible short vacation. If relocated to NYC, I could complete a lifelong dream. Selfish reasons I grant you, but if the finances were sorted out, the only reason for keeping it in Cooperstown is sentiment.

Carl
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Carl

Jamie,

Hotel, motel and bed & breakfast in the Cooperstown and Oneonta area are approx. 1/8th the cost of Manhattan hotel rooms and 1/3rd the price of Bronx hotel rooms. Food prices in Cooperstown is 1/4 the price of food in Manhattan. The savings on those along are more than enough to offset the increased cost of renting a car + gas/tolls to make the extra trip from NYC to Cooperstown.

Tom
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Tom

Hit the nail on the head Carl. NYC is beyond the pocketbooks of most. But asking NYC residents to drive more than an hour from the city? Heaven forbid. The world must come to them.

Molly
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Molly

I’m sure if you look on the couchsurfing website you can find a place to stay for free! We’re a pretty friendly bunch in that area.

Jay Black
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Jay Black

If you ever actually do go to the Hall of Fame, you will hate yourself for writing this article.

Dave
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Dave

I have been to the Hall of Fame, and I hate him for writing this article.

John Thorn
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Bravo.

Rhett P
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Rhett P

Preach!

Cooperstown and the Hall are part of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts

Danielle
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Danielle

You hit the nail on the head!!

FormerNYCnative
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FormerNYCnative

So true!

SprayHitter
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SprayHitter
Today, minutes after reading this article, I heard on NPR that Jamestown, NY (Lucille Ball’s hometown) will open a Comedy Hall-of-Fame next year with the first big exhibit/donation being George Carlin’s personal papers (his daughter reports that he kept all of his “stuff”). I will probably never visit it for the same reasons I will likely not see Cooperstown: My lack of interest in traveling to the sticks and/or snow solely to look at old stuff is stronger than my fandom. I travel yearly to New York City from my residence in Houston. While New York City (well put: “a… Read more »
Jack
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Jack

You really need to travel to the “sticks” to see things you can’t see in Texas, I am sure you would retract your statement the minute you returned home. Dare you to try it in “UPSTATE” NY you won’t be sorry!
(I have seen Texans fall in love with upstate)

Mike
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Mike

Go when the leaves are changing. Visit the Ommegang Brewery and the Fenimore Art Museum. Take a drive around the lake. Watch a bit of an amateur game at Doubleday Field. Walk around the quaint Victorian neighborhoods. Eat lunch overlooking the lake.

GO! before you decide it needs to be moved. It’s a beautiful place to spend a weekend. I’m all for city living (Philly), but it doesn’t hurt to get out sometimes.

Tom
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Tom

Absolutely beautiful on a crisp fall day as sycamore leaves fall onto left field.

Daniel
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Daniel

I see your argument here, but don’t agree with it. Go see the museum first and then re-write this piece.

Daniel
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Daniel

Saying “go see the museum” does the town a disservice. Go see the whole town first and then re-write it.

CRB
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CRB
The admission that the author has never been to Cooperstown undercuts the entire argument against it. There is something unbelievable about Cooperstown that just makes it the perfect host for the Hall… The quiet bustle of Main Street (turned into a frenzy on Hall of Fame Weekend), the sheer beauty of Otsego Lake and its surrounding hills and the stunning Otesaga on its shores, Ms. Clark’s quiet, eccentric matriarchal presence (and her herd of foreign deer). Brewery Ommegang is a nice bonus. Go on a weekend where Ommegang is hosting a concert, and you get a heck of a weekend… Read more »
Highpointer
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Highpointer
How could “a 200-mile, four-hour drive north of New York City (without traffic)” be a difficult journey? That is a fairly short drive for most people. I live in Washington and takes a lot longer than four hours just to fly to New York. Upstate New York is very scenic and offer many outdoor recreational opportunities. Travel on a warm summer weekend or during the fall to observe the changing of the leaves. If you live in NYC and don’t have a car, recruit a group of baseball fans to rent a car, share the cost and go. If the… Read more »
Kit Kat
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Kit Kat
Maybe if you have been to the museum, you would know that it is perfect where it is. How can you judge a location when you have never been? I have been several times, including an induction ceremony, and it drew a huge turn out. There is so much to do in the area besides the museum. NYC has so much that the HOF museum would get lost in the mix of other museums and attractions. I never understand why people feel the need to judge a place when they have never been. Such arrogance.
Marc Schneider
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Marc Schneider
I believe locating the HOF in NY is a bad idea. I love NYC and I love visiting, but it is very expensive and often difficult to get around. Because of this, no one in their right mind would make the HOF a destination stop if it were in NY. As it is now, people go to Cooperstown just to see the HOF; in NYC, it would be just another in a long line of tourist attractions that people would include in their trip to NY. It would, IMO, sort of melt into the scenery and make the HOF less… Read more »
CTOWN
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CTOWN

Complete and utter garbage of an article

Frank Jackson
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Frank Jackson
I have often wondered why Topps doesn’t have a baseball card museum or factory tour in Brooklyn. I would think that would be a big draw, not to mention an additional source of revenue for the company. As for Cooperstown, why not stay in nearby Oneonta and see the local collegiate league team, the Outlaws, play at historic (1939) Damaschke Field? Up till a few years ago, Oneonta was also the home of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame. Upstate New York isn’t Gotham but it isn’t the other side of the world. Actually, one of the attractions of Cooperstown… Read more »
Kthxrg7
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Kthxrg7

I lived in the Cooperstown area, 30 miles from there, and it is so simple to get there. A major interstate is only about 15 miles from the HOF and once you get off the interstate you travel on one road and you are there. Easier to get to than driving in the city.

MarylandBill
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MarylandBill
“The original home of three of its most storied franchises”… the Giants, the Dodgers and the Mets? I hardly think you could call the Mets one of the most storied franchises… oh you mean the Yankees? But New York is not the original home of the Yankees; Baltimore is. If you are going make an historical argument for relocating the Hall to New York City, at least get your facts straight. Yes its true that the modern game was invented by New Yorkers playing in New Jersey (so why not locate it in Hoboken?), but it is equally true that… Read more »
Joe
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Joe

You mean people actually LIVE outside of NYC?

Andrew
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Andrew

“Baseball is as much about myth as it is reality.”

Bingo. For better or worse, NOTHING holds onto its time-honored traditions like baseball. I think hell would freeze over before this happened.

Cindy
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Cindy

A four hour drive, I don’t think so. No wonder you never went there, your dazed and confused and have no sense of direction.

Mion
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Mion

I agree. I grew up a 30min train ride into Penn Station. Literally had the world at my fingertips but only went to the Twin Towers, Statue of Liberty and Empire State building once. The attitude is,”Well, it’s right there, I can go anytime.” If the Eiffel tower was moved to NYC, I may see it, once.

Allie
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Cooperstown is one of my favorite places on the planet…I’ve been there three times…once just passing thru for a few hours…I cherish each visit and can’t wait to take my children. There are millions of things to do in NYC…dont need to add HOF to my list of to do things.

AaronB
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AaronB
No, no, no…. As mentioned, if you’ve actually been there, you’d realize just how perfect Cooperstown is for the HOF. Cooperstown represents baseball to a T. The town and baseball go hand in hand as they reflect each other flawlessly. My parents, who are not baseball fans, allowed me to talk them into going there while we were on a family trip out east. As mentioned, it was about a 4 hour side trip from where we were going, but everyone had a tremendous time and thoroughly enjoyed the HOF. Someday I will take my family there. Putting the HOF… Read more »
Bruce Markusen
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Bruce Markusen
This is such a myth about the Hall of Fame being difficult to get to. If you have a car–or if you rent a car–you can get here. In fact, with GPS systems being used today, it is probably easier to get to Cooperstown than it was 20 or 30 years ago. It’s not like roads stop 15 miles outside of town, and then you have to walk through woods to get here. There are main roads that come into town, like Route 20 and Route 80. It’s really not that difficult. And once you get here, you not only… Read more »
Ffej
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Ffej

Foo Kin John’s Chinese Restaurant is a must visit!

Erin
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Erin

It shut down :'(

hopbitters
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hopbitters

Canastota and their highly underrated HoF is about an hour and some change away as well.

Carl
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Carl

The Farmer’s museum is fascinating. Never knew that most of the country’s hops were grown there in the 19th and into the early 20th Century. Frankly, given the state of the upstate economy, perhaps hops growing should sprout up again. Encourage everyone to go there when visiting Cooperstown.

Barbara
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Barbara

Hops growing IS sprouting up in New York!

Mark Armour
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I live in Oregon and have two teenage children — EVERYTHING is difficult to get to. But Cooperstown no more than anywhere else. The author wants to make it easier for him, which is understandable. But if he isn’t willing to drive a few hours in his entire life, perhaps we don’t need his help with this one?

Paul Swydan
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If renting a car and making a four hour drive was the cakewalk many commenters are making it out to be, then surely a larger portion of the millions of tourists who visit New York City and Toronto each year would show up at the Hall. They don’t because it isn’t.

Rational pragmatist
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Rational pragmatist

Other things we should move to NYC so it’d be more convenient to get there:

– The Louvre
– The top of Mt. Everest
– The moon
– Football, basketball, hockey, golf, and bowling halls of fame

free-range turducken
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free-range turducken

I’ve always wanted to go to Crater Lake, but it’s too damn inaccessible, especially for us on the East Coast.

Someone with American ingenuity and know-how surely can figure out how to move Crater Lake to the top of some NYC skyscraper. Attendance would go through the roof!

YABooble
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YABooble

More things we should move to NYC so it’d be more convenient to get there:

– Sydney Opera House
– Laverne & Shirley’s final season
– Tim Tebow
– Open, no-neighbor urinals in the men’s room

Joe
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Joe

Disney World

vrndian23
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vrndian23

– First place in the AL East

Lariat
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Lariat

– SXSW

Joe
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Joe

Old Faithful

Not Al Weis
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Not Al Weis

The Iditarod.

Terry F.
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Terry F.

How about the Finger Lakes, Howe Caverns, and the state Capitol while we’re at it?

Sacramento
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Sacramento

Fenway Park. It takes at least four hours in my dad’s artisan Peugeot to drive from Williamsburg up to Boston.

The Other Joe
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The Other Joe

The Little League World Series

Joe
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Joe

Harvard.

twinsfankevinj
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twinsfankevinj

– The Kennedy Space Center
– Old Route 66
– Pikes Peak
– Mt. Rushmore
– The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
– Hawaii
– Walmart’s national headquarters
– The Space Needle…..

pleeeease
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pleeeease

Lake Placid

Joe
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Joe

Canada

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Pablo Sandoval's Sprained Left Fat

Australia. Such a cool place, but that’s a real long drive. We need it to be a quick subway ride from Brooklyn.

Bill Simmons
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Bill Simmons

ESPN headquarters.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scooter
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Scooter

Las Vegas. Atlantic City can stay where it is, too scummy.

Joe
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Joe

Fangraphs headquarters.

Randy Probenthaler
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Randy Probenthaler

Jacoby Ellsbury’s power.

Joe
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Joe

The log cabin that Lincoln was born in.

Said
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Said

Roman Coliseum. People say Ciao a lot there too.

Dave Randolph
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Dave Randolph

Great comment……well played!

Emily
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Emily
They don’t because they don’t care. Seems we have a bunch of urban centric folks who don’t know how to have fun anywhere else. We drove all the way from Chicago a couple of summers ago with an 8 year old. We made it fun. We stopped at the NFL Hall of Fame in Ohio and made it to Pittsburgh in time for dinner. We went to a Pirates game and then headed up to Cooperstown the next day. In Cooperstown we went to the museum and the next day rented a boat and spent the day tubing on the… Read more »
Marc Schneider
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Marc Schneider

It might not be a cakewalk, but it’s hardly the trip from hell that the author makes it out to be.

Nina Karina
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Nina Karina
Many of my NYC friends do not make the drive not because it isn’t easy but because many NYC people get scared driving longer distances. Many of us who do not live in big cities have no problem making very long drives. That is one reason right now I’d rather make a cross country drive avoiding large cities than just a short drive TO NYC! I hate driving there, although I’ll do it. But my friends are genuinely scared, and they don’t want to take buses because to them it’s just too far based more on perception than reality. Whatever.… Read more »
Tom Bradley
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Tom Bradley
I live approximately 125 miles from Cooperstown. Yes, getting there is not direct, no super interstate to speed the way. But I go every year, in the October-November timeframe to avoid any crowds. Not unusual for me to be very alone inside the Museum, which is perfect to see and do what I want without bumping heads. And Cooperstown itself is a joy, wonderful to walk around town, the lake and visit the Otesaga Hotel, which is very accommodating to guests. NYC, you can keep it, no thanks. This person, who has never been to the HOF, apparently too lazy… Read more »
Paul G.
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Paul G.
If you really want to do something and there are no health issues involved, a 4 hour drive is nothing. Trust me. I know. I’ve been to Cooperstown once. They do have other attractions there which they are very proud of indeed, but I only had time for the Hall of Fame. The fact that it is in the middle of nowhere does have its charms, especially for someone who has not been out in the country much. Driving on the rural local roads past farms and small towns is a bit of an adventure in itself, and scenery is… Read more »
Dirtbag
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Dirtbag

Mr. Rakich, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent column were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this website is now dumber for having read to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Dennis
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Dennis

One more vote against any move. Love visiting Cooperstown and especially the way the anticipation builds over the last 45 minutes or so when you leave the freeway and begin the final leg of the journey.

Springfield MA (Basketball Hall of Fame), Newport RI (Tennis Hall of Fame), Canton OH (Football Hall of Fame), Holyoke MA (Volleyball Hall of Fame) all do just fine in smaller locations. Those that visit have made the effort and the reward is even better because of it

Steve Pindar
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I’m certainly far from unbiased (I was born in Cooperstown), but the author definitely owes it to himself to make a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s something he will remember for the rest of his life, and as so many folks have found out through the years, Cooperstown has a lot more to offer than simply the HOF.

Mandy P
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Mandy P

What a sad, sheltered point of view – While you may feel like you have the world at your door in NYC, if you were ever to leave, you’d learn there is an actual world outside your metropolis that is quite worthy of visiting. Not only the Hall of Fame, but thousands of other attractions, towns, cities and countries that are worth visiting too – Believe it or not, New York is not the only worthy location on this very large planet.

pleeeease
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pleeeease

“…the capital of baseball, if not the capital of the world. The Hall of Fame needs to relocate to New York City.”

Right there, that’s the mindset. Copernicus was wrong, the sun, earth, and entirety of the cosmos revolves around New York City.

Alex
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Alex

sad.

Mark
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Mark

Sounds like the HOF should stay in Cooperstown not because it’s the best solution but because of the ‘human element’

hopbitters
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hopbitters

There are many things wrong here, but this statement inexorably pushes the article from ill-advised to simply offensive: “That gives the museum and its archives access to a much deeper pool of talent for hiring curators, librarians, marketer, and fundraisers.”

Marco Kretschmer
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Marco Kretschmer

My wife and i took a plane to NYC, rented a car & drove all the way to Cooperstown.
It was one of our most inspiring journeys and we’re so glad we made the trip! To get there was no big deal. We live in Germany 🙂

Poor Man's Rick Reed
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Poor Man's Rick Reed

Perhaps it makes sense on a grander economic scale or for general accessibility, but I agree with the majority here that Cooperstown should be the place of the HOF forever. Personally, I like that it takes a road trip to get to. I like being *away* from the city. I like the small town charms, and the surrounding area, and I LOVE Ommegang.

Michael
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Michael
This piece reveals a surprising level of provincialism and intellectual laziness. Visiting Cooperstown is an uplifting experience. It is a beautiful spot with the Hall of Fame, the Farmers’ Museum, the Fenimore Cooper House, and Glimmerglass Opera Company, the Otesaga Hotel, and a beautiful lakefront. Frankly, it is no big deal to take I-90 into I-88 and then drive half an hour up SR 28 from Oneonta to Cooperstown. It’s a relaxing and bucolic . . . two words rarely found in the same sentence as “New York City.” There is something uniquely American and historic about Cooperstown. It’s too… Read more »
Skip Nipper
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No. I’ve been to the Baseball Hall of Fame numerous times BECAUSE it’s in Cooperstown. I would never visit it in NYC. Never…

Matt
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Matt

Having a Baseball Hall of Fame museum would make sense in NYC/Brooklyn/Hoboken/etc… But I’d still keep THE Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

So rent a space, have a rotating tour of exhibits from Cooperstown, have replicas of all the plaques, but keep the original in Cooperstown for tradition’s sake. Yeah, it would cut into Cooperstown’s visitors a little bit, but would still accomplish the stated goal of bringing baseball history more to the masses.

Mike
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Mike

good idea

if this happened don’t restrict to NYC – travelling exhibits can go to all MLB cities

Chief Sockalexis
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Chief Sockalexis
I’ve been to the Hall of Fame. Cooperstown and the surrounding areas are beautiful, bu we all know the story of Abner Doubleday is a myth. We perpetuate the myth by denying Bonds, Clemens, Rose, Shoeless Joe, et al. Baseball at its peak is an urban game. No city has more baseball history than New York City. Arguments for other locations could be Cincinnati. Baltimore, Chicago, Boston, even Tampa Bay. (Just kidding.) My broader argument is that the location of the Hall of Fame, a scenic and pastoral setting sitting at a far remove, clouds the judgment of what the… Read more »
Scooter
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Scooter

A better choice would be London, right?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origins_of_baseball

Musky
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Musky

Another idiot.😡⚾️

birtelcom
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birtelcom

My preference would be to create a fresh Circle of Baseball Greats museum in NYC, with a better selection process for induction than the Hall. Cooperstown could keep the baseball museum, which I enjoyed greatly (along with the Glimmerglass Opera). New York City could have a separate center celebrating the greatest players in baseball, with video, photos, portraits and commentary. A fresh selection process would generate enormous interest.

Thomas Barthel
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Thomas Barthel

The Hall of Fame dishonors Abner Doubleday whose life as a soldier and as a civilian makes him a Victorian ideal.

Jeff Girgenti
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Jeff Girgenti

Location isn’t the issue. The Hall of Fame could be in my backyard and I wouldn’t go. The BBWAA is the problem. They have turned it into a joke by not voting in Bonds, Clemens, etc. What they have in Cooperstown is so far away from representing my Hall of Fame that I have been boycotting it. I honestly don’t care what they do up there anymore…I’m not going to let it impact my enjoyment of the actual games.

Marc Schneider
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Marc Schneider

Jeff, you are confusing the plaques with the museum. The museum is FAR more interesting than the plaque room. If you aren’t going to the Hall simply because you don’t like the way the writers vote for players, you are making, IMO, a huge mistake.

Clay
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This is insane. New York’s a great city, but it’s one the most expensive cities in the world. It shouldn’t cost thousands of dollars to take your family to the Baseball Hall Of Fame.

The Baseball Hall Of Fame is a museum and tourist attraction, but it’s also a warehouse for literally hundreds of thousands of baseball artifacts. It’s absurd to pay Manhattan rent for storage space.

Mike-RI
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Mike-RI

I’ve been able to visit the Hall a dozen times. The 1989 induction started it for me. 3 Hall of Fame Classics as well. For a baseball writer to write this article is a shame. I’m 235 miles from Cooperstown and it’s an easy and nice drive. Why don’t you go there and then re-read your article. At least it’s one article with out inane statistics skewed to fit what is needed for the moment. Move the Hall? What is your next article, I’m not a doctor but when I do your surgery……

Gary W
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Gary W

You having chosen to never go doesn’t make your argument; instead, it devalues it as you don’t have the actual experience to draw upon in making your comparison. Make the trip, consider how it would compare to the stoic and mundane reality of a subway ride and then rewrite this.

Also should be pointed out that your plan would effectively kill a town that’s been a shrine to the shrine, effectively breaking a covenant by doing so. I’d see that as a supremely negative statement about the game and its relationship with those who love it.

Ezra
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Ezra
I’m a lifelong and proud New Yorker who loves baseball. Yet this is the worst idea- OK, the third worst, after the abominations of Interleague Play and the DH- that I’ve ever heard. The Hall in Cooperstown is awesome precisely because it’s a commitment to get there. Sure, it makes no sense that it’s there- but neither did having the Cubs in the old NL East while the White Sox were in the AL West: it’s baseball, it’s not supposed to make sense! As other commenters have noted- go there, even once, and you won’t be talking about moving it.… Read more »
Gary W
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Gary W
Want to add that I have two kids, aged four and one. They’re not old enough to visit or appreciate the hall yet, but when they are, I want to take them to the place my father took me and share it the way he did. The pilgrimage is more than just a trip; Cooperstown is a slice of another time and has a unique feel to it, and I want my kids to experience that too…it was as much a part of the experience for me as seeing the hall itself. I don’t want their trip to the hall… Read more »
Steve Troy
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Excellent point. I don’t want to pile on the author here, all too much, as I think I know where he’s coming from, but one of the reasons the trip to Cooperstown is so unique and so much fun is that it is IN Cooperstown. If the Baseball Hall of Fame were ever to move to NYC—perish the thought—visiting families would no longer be taking a trip to the Hall of Fame; they’d then be taking a vacation to New York City, where there are literally 1000 other things competing for your time and attention. The special memories would inevitably… Read more »
B Smith
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B Smith

Open mouth, insert foot.

Mr Baseball Fan, go to the Hall before you speak. It is a great place, in a quaint little town, with tons of things to do there and in the surrounding area.

Your 4 hour drive would be quickly consumed if you tuned into a ball game for the ride.

NYC is not the end all be all of the world. It would be a disservice for it to be moved there.

Mark Armour
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If the Hall was in NYC far fewer people would go. This article falls apart after thinking about it for a few minutes. I am fairly confident that the author himself would not go.

Freddy B
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Freddy B

This is one of the most asinine things I have ever read…

Lou
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Lou

God Forbid the author goes someplace where there isn’t a Starbucks nearby!

Scooter
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Scooter

And possibly have to wade through the kind of flyover-state rabble that would plop their unwashed selves into some gas-guzzler and not be freaked out by the clean air and annoying calm that surrounds such outdated locales. Sheesh.

NYY Chick
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NYY Chick

This “author” is obviously an ignorant, spoiled, self-absorbed child who has no sense of history or tradition.
Do us all a favor, little boy. Go away somewhere and blog to your millennial peers. The adults are talking. The HOF does not need to move anywhere. Get back to us when your beard grows in.

Alec Long
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Alec Long
Hey Nathaniel, I think any discussion of whether to move the Hall of Fame should be done around a dinner table sitting across from some of the many citizens of Cooperstown, so you can see the color drain from their faces as you try to explain how your inconvenience means more than their livelihood. Try explaining to them how you don’t like having to drive a few hours to Cooperstown, and listen to them plead with you for their very lives because now their town will all but cease to exist when tourism drops by 80% or more. Cooperstown IS… Read more »
Scooter
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Scooter

“…. Upstate has a proud past, and it’s sad that it has had to let go of it. I want as many people as possible to share in the joy of the Hall of Fame’s collection—to feel like it belongs to them. But that is also the reason why it belongs in New York City*. ”

*Lagos, Nigeria. Fixed

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_proper_by_population

Patrick Lethert
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Patrick Lethert

Moving the hall from Cooperstown to NYC would essentially begin its transformation from a museum to a glorified gift shop. Hundreds of thousands of visitors who are there because it’s convenient would see it become another “multi media experience” among many. I am all in favor of having satellite exhibit space in a place like New York, but the Hall itself would be greatly changed if moved – and not for the better.

Also, an archivist or curator that isn’t willing to move there to run the place probably isn’t the right person for the job.

ne-Cistulli pas
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ne-Cistulli pas

New York is what liberty once was. France represents what it has become: a global, diverse thing. There is something regrettably appropriate about the Statue’s current neighbors given America’s obdurate old-boys network and tight embrace of its aging economic base. By moving the Statue of Liberty to France, the world would make a powerful statement about its vision for the future.

Of course, there is one strong counterargument: America’s most sacred shrine and the repository of its past should be located in the city of its birth. I agree. Another point for France!

Scott Culpepper
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Scott Culpepper

I read really dumb stuff every day, but this wins a prize. It is dumber than a Donald Trump answer. Nathaniel Rakich should never be permitted to write another word or express another opinion. “Prohibitively hard to get to.” How ridiculous. How self-important. I sincerely hope you never set foot in the Hall, Nat. You don’t deserve it.

MikeyMike
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MikeyMike

I should be able to order in the Hall of Fame to my NYC apartment on GrubHub

Steve Troy
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I grew up in the very nearby NYC suburbs and now live in Seattle. I’m going to make my THIRD visit to the HOF this summer to see the induction of Ken Griffey Jr.—all of which have happened since my move to the West Coast in the late 70’s—and I have to chuckle a bit at all of this. I don’t know the writer and I’m sure he’s well-intentioned, but this entire column reminds me of the famous 1976 cover illustration drawn by Saul Steinberg, for The New Yorker magazine, entitled “View of the World from 9th Avenue” or sometimes… Read more »
Austin
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By this logic, the NFL’s Hall of Fame should be at the birthplace of the game: The Rugby School in Warwickshire.

Jack
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Jack

Another list of things made more conveniently if moved to NYC
-Stonehenge
-The Great Wall of China
-Hollywood
-Alaska
-The Cosmos
-Europe
-Bryce Harper

Nina Karina
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Nina Karina

Exactly.

What a moronic rationale. It’s actually rather arrogant to expect the world to cater to us.

Joe
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Joe

Other things made more conveniently if moved to NYC
-Victoria Falls
-Yellowstone Park
-The Cake Boss’s bakery
-The Hamptons
-Nantucket
-Mecca
-District of Columbia

(I liked Bryce Harper btw. Well played)

Laura
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Laura

“Prohibitively difficult to get to” ? Are you kidding me???? It’s in your state! Get in the car, go to Google Maps, follow directions. No car? Take a cool bus trip ! It’s a shrine! The pilgrimage is part of the experience !

Nuke LaLoosh
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Nuke LaLoosh

Shame on everyone at hardballtimes for publishing this garbage. Nathaniel, do yourself a favor and get to Cooperstown! It’s hardly Timbuktu.

Danielle
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Danielle

Nothing else to do in Cooperstown?!? Are you kidding me? So much going on there in addition to the amazing HOF! Farmers Museum, brewery, etc, etc. I can’t believe this article was published. Ugh

Nina Karina
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Nina Karina
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY but often the headache of taking public transportation or the nightmare of driving didn’t find it ‘easy’ to see and visit many of the tourist attractions, and as countless others have said, staying and eating in NYC is often cost prohibitive. I moved upstate NY and live approximately half an hour from the HOF. I have been a die-hard baseball fan since childhood, and the first time I went to the HOF I cried like a baby. I had fantasized about visiting Cooperstown since elementary school, but envisioned it as a one-room schoolhouse hundreds… Read more »
Molly
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Molly
Please, please, PLEASE visit Cooperstown and the Hall before you make snap judgments like this. Cooperstown is an amazing village where if you forget to bring cash to the corner store, they’ll let you come back with your coffee money later. You don’t get that in the big city. People from the city need to get out and experience other places, and this is 100% a way to do that. I grew up 40 minutes from Cooperstown, and try to go back every time I’m home. Not even for the Hall, just for the atmosphere of the town itself. Once… Read more »
Roger Green
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A great way to get to Cooperstown is to go on I-88 from Albany or Binghamton to Oneonta, and stay there. Then spend a buck and a half on the bus to THREE great museums.

Amy
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Amy
So, it sounds to me like you’re too lazy to make a trip upstate so you’d rather see the MLB destroy the economy of an entire area (not just Cooperstown, many of the surrounding towns rely on summer tourism for jobs and small business growth) to make life easier for the for fans in NYC who have decided that nothing that is not in their immediate vacinity is not worth their time. I grew up in the area and have worked for restaurants in Cooperstown, giving me access to the tourists who do decide to make the trip. I have… Read more »
JLOHara
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JLOHara
So because YOU find it difficult to get to Cooperstown, the HOF should be moved? It’s 20 minutes from me so I have NO problem getting there. I do however have a difficult time getting to NYC so.. Perhaps we could relocate the Empire State Building because I’ve always wanted to see it but I’ve never had the trance cause … Well… Travel :-/ You’re an egotistical, self centered idiot. That’s pretty much all I got from this article. As someone who is in Cooperstown frequently, the hall of fame is always packed. The ENTIRE town is centered around Baseball… Read more »
Well-Bearded Bigappleman
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Well-Bearded Bigappleman

This is a great idea! Now that Vampire Weekend has broken up, I’ll need something to do. I could be a curator, librarian, marketer, or fundraiser. If those are paid positions, even better since trust fund money doesn’t last forever (so I am told).

And we could make the hall of Fame so much better. As Bruce Harper said, it’s time to make basketball fun again!

Brian E diLorenzo
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Brian E diLorenzo

I didn’t read much past the first few sentences. You are a baseball lover and writer and you say that you won’t travel the 240 miles to the Hall of Fame? Not much of a lover or a very good writer! Zero credibility!

Kathy
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Kathy

It would be interesting to read a response to all these comments from the author.

Joe
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Joe

Not a chance, it would take over 4 hours. That’s prohibitively difficult to get to.

NICK
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NICK

Boo Hoo, sound like a first world problem dude. Make a hotel reservation or don’t go.

Barry w wade
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Barry w wade
I am a fan of the moon but it is so far away and difficult to visit so could u please bring it closer, and I really want to see the Rocky Mountains but that to is kinda far away; could u do the same. Be a dear and move the pyramids also cause Giza is in the middle of a desert and the temps are rather uncomfortable at times. See all that sounds rediculous doesn’t it; you sound like a lazy America that wants everything easy and cheapened for your own needs! Baseball is a special sport, pass time,… Read more »
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mando3b
This smells kind of like the national networks always broadcasting mediocre Yankees teams on their Games of the Week instead of choosing a more interesting, competitive game somewhere out on the Planet of the Apes that is the rest of the country, because, Why, THE WHOLE WORLD wants to see the Yankees! Cooperstown is beautiful, the drive there is beautiful (esp. compared to a NYC subway ride), the museum is world class, the shops nearby are a goldmine for baseball geeks–if you can’t get off your dead ass to go there, that says more about you than about the location… Read more »
Talli
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Talli

I think the classy thing for the HOF to do would be to invite Nathaniel for a personal VIP tour and house him at the Otesaga overlooking Otsego Lake, play a round of Golf at the attached course, have him dine at The Blue Mingo Grill, attend an opera at The Glimmerglass Festival and then invite him to write a follow up column over a Belgian beer at Ommegang Brewery.

Rachel
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Rachel

Hahahahahaha what a jerk. It’s not close to the author’s hometown, so he comes up with a lengthy article justifying his proposal to move it 😂 all while displaying a pompous attitude and disrespecting upstate ny. If the author were the die hard baseball fan he claims to be, he would have found his way to Cooperstown.

Liz O
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Liz O
You sir are incredibly incorrect. As a resident of Cooperstown, I love living here. While I am not a huge fan of tourism, without it this town would be nothing. You think 1,800 is a small population, and it is but it’s one thing that makes the town great. It has a quaint homey feel to it. There is also a beautiful lake and golf course. Not to mention the Otesaga Resort Hotel and the Fenimore Art Museum. Yes this town is surrounded by baseball, but it has much more to offer than a couple measly hours in the Hall.… Read more »
Eric F
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Eric F
As someone who lives in Florida, and who’s wife has family in upstate NY (some in Albany, others in Ticonderoga in the real upstate), I’ve been to Cooperstown a handful of times, and immensely enjoyed each visit. Putting it in NYC is a nice way to make sure I never see it again, and never get the pleasure of taking my kids to go see it. Contrary to what people who live in big cities think, the majority of people don’t want to visit a place like NYC. I don’t enjoy walking down a sidewalk surrounded by 100 rude as… Read more »
Jonny
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Jonny

Oh so because it’s a inconvenience for u as a writer to make it here you wanna move it to a location that already gets thousands of tourists. Up here we don’t have much and depend on the collages and baseball fans to keep money flowing though the town . Sorry but that’s why this is only going to ever be a ” hope” for u

More things we should move to NYC so it’d be more convenient to get there:
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More things we should move to NYC so it’d be more convenient to get there:

– Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
– NASCAR Hall of Fame
– Indianapolis 500
– Las Vegas Strip
– a tree
– Long Island Expressway
– Jamaica
– SI swimsuit issue photo shoot
– The Sphinx
– Yosemite National Park
– Maui
– Niagara Falls
– Outer Banks of North Carolina
– Pismo Beach
– Monte Carlo
– Serengeti
– Shootable lions of the Serengeti
– Dodgers and Giants Halls of Fame (NYC is where their REAL fans live, amirite?)
– Abu Dhabi
– Taj Mahal
– The Rolling Stones annual reunion tour
– Grand Canyon
– The ice roads from “Ice Road Truckers”
– Nickelback
– The Smithsonian Instititute
– 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Elizabeth R
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Elizabeth R

What a stupid idea. Baseball is a sport of tradition, and Cooperstown is the place the Hall of Fame should remain. Not to mention that Cooperstown is a beautiful area in upstate New York, and that the move of the HOF to NYC would destroy they economy in the area. They call folks like you “Citiots” for a reason, and your article is one of them.

Jeff Bagwell
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Jeff Bagwell

He’s right. It’s way too hard to get into Cooperstown.

Miles
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Miles

Ha

Burr Hubbell
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Being a Yankees fan I never thought much of people from Boston to begin with. Now I think even less of them.

Youppi
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Youppi

Now I know why the Expos had to move out of Montreal. Too many fans couldn’t make the four-hour trip from New York.

Florida Bay Marlins Fan
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Florida Bay Marlins Fan

They should move Camden Yards and Tropicana Stadium to New York City. These stadiums are so far out of town that Yankee fans nearly get outnumbered at some games.

Char
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Char
You have got to be kidding to even think of this idea!!!! I have been to Cooperstown many times for the baseball events and the attendance is enormous. People drive from thousands of miles to go to the beautiful facility by a lake and a beautiful community. On game day, they close the Main Street off so that there is no traffic and the opportunity is wonderful!!!Where in NYC do you have this environment and opportunities. Kids just love the excitement and the BHF in a small community. Also there is a baseball camp in the area for young players… Read more »
Miles
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Miles

Honestly, I find the fact that it is small and hard to get to endearing; the “pilgrim’s” trip to the Hall of Fame is a small taste of the “hero’s” trip; difficult, sometimes frustrating and always well worth the effort.

ThatsMyHomeTown
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ThatsMyHomeTown
Okay, couldn’t even get through this article… There is more to the location of the baseball hall of fame than you think… There is the dreams park that brings in thousands of people each summer. These people pay good money to experience the history of baseball through the baseball hall of fame. Cooperstown is the home of baseball and rightly so. Cooperstown is a small historical town that has no chain resturants and its not an extremely crowded place. No we aren’t going to have an airport less than an hour away…but when people decide to come visit, they don’t… Read more »
David Avitabile
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Boo hoo. Buy a car, learn to drive and up here.

Scooter
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Scooter

I’ve always wanted to see a NY-Penn league game, but the drive is soooooo inconvenient. Can’t they just move the whole NY-Penn league to NYC? I mean, it’s right there in the name. And we can put the stadiums right next to Penn Station so it’s a convenient subway ride for everybody, and that can be the “Penn” part of the league.

Bridget
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Bridget

What a jerk this author is. He can’t drive four hours but claims to be a die hard fan. Has never been to Cooperstown but states there’s nothing to do there. And and assumes only old white people live upstate. Time to get off the isle of Manhattan and live a little. Your the reason NYC has the reputation of being full of jerks.

Kath
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Kath

Oh Nathaniel thankfully it isn’t up to you. I drive the drive a lot. It is not prohibitively difficult and if you were such a big fan you could have driven there instesd of whined about its location

Miguel
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Miguel

Planning to eventually make my first trip to Cooperstown (from New York City) within the next two years. That said, I welcome a move to New York City. And would visit a New York City-based HOF at least once a season

Miguel
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Miguel

Addendum: between 2013 and 2016 I’ve managed to visit the NFL, NBA and NHL Hall of Fame sites as part of larger sports venue weekends/vacations. Cooperstown has always been postponed due to its lack of proximity to anything beyond the Glimmerglass Festival in the summer.

Tommy P.
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Tommy P.

I hate NYC. Disgusting, dirty and mean.

Murph
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Murph

I stopped reading when he said Cooperstown was difficult to get to…. But has never been there….
What a complete idiot!

Nads Butkus
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Nads Butkus

It’ll probably be easier to get to Braves games next year if they move to NYC.

And I live in Georgia.

Kimberly Morgan Baker
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Kimberly Morgan Baker
I cannot even begin to tell you how many things are wrong about this article…. Let me start by saying Baseball was born in Cooperstown and therein negates your theory that the museum should be housed where the sport was born, because it already is. Second, the majority of the economy of not only Cooperstown but nearly a 60 mile radius is dependent on the hall. I think it is incredible selfish and rather lazy for one person to say that because their ass is planted in one place that everythings should go to them, not the other way around.… Read more »
Cindy
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Cindy
Wow. I love in the mohawk valley, which is about 30 min from Cooperstown. This guy makes it sound like an epic journey to get there! It’s 15 flippin minutes from the NYS thruway for crying out loud! There are also tons of things to do! Maybe not for someone who is afraid to step foot off of concrete, but for him to act like we are swinging from trees and flinging poo up here “in the sticks” is unfair. My husband was born and raised in the Bronx and even he says he’d rather live here. Maybe this guy… Read more »
john disch
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john disch

that is horse shit the hall is staying up here all because the commute doesnt work for you who are you to judge and say where the hall should be write about something else also they have baseball games there all the time hitting cages its a beautiful city and once your there you can feel the atmosphere all because its to far travel come on please

YABooble
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YABooble

This article > Tebow

Len Proseida
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Len Proseida

Move Arlington National Cemetery to NYC too. New Yorkers who lost loved ones on the battle field shouldn’t have to be inconvenienced to pay their respects.

It’s the least we can do.

Nancy
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Nancy

Ya know, ya nimrod, if you would travel to Cooperstown you would find out just how much it has to offer. It has the Farmers Museum, Fennore House museum, Glimmerglass Opera, Glimmerglass Park (on Otsego Lake) Omegang Brewery, Fly Creek Cider Mill, golf courses, Doubleday Field, and a host of awesome places to eat. Then there is the surrounding areas to discover. Step out of your concrete jungle and enjoy what Cooperstown has to offer.

Nora Manon
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But, you fail to see the beauty of it. Unlike NYC it’s not corrupt, it’s pristine and not a place full of dirty, stinking foul mouth people. I live close by, (65 miles) and grew up in The Bronx, I’ll take Cooperstown any day. Not a loud mouth city, not a graffiti laced park, no wine or beer bottles, no syringes, and not a used or unused condom in place. What’s wrong with this place? I’ll tell ya what’s wrong, it’s the closest you’ll get to heaven. It’s the once in a lifetime trip you take with your kid to… Read more »
Ross
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Ross

Nathaniel either is not the fan he claims to be, or is wearing a Suffolk County issued ankle bracelet.

Richard Kline
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Richard Kline

I live outside of NYC, it would take me 3 1/2 hours to get to Cooperstown vs 1 1/2 to NYC. That is not too much of a difference. For the author the difference is about 20 minutes. I like that it is on its own. Would it get ancillary traffic from people already coming to the city, sure, but New Yorkers would go the first few times and then the thrill would wear off.

KJ
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KJ
You sir are a moron and lazy. Let’s wreck the economy of a beautiful small town so that lazy, “diehard” fans like you don’t have to go out of your way to see some of baseball’s greatest treasures. I have visited the HOF several times, and it’s always bustling with people from all over the world. People travel thousands of miles to this small upstate town just to visit the museum. Maybe you should get out of your big city and enjoy the beautiful trip to Cooperstown. There is more to Cooperstown than just the HOF. Maybe you could take… Read more »
Local
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Local

Please don’t make the trip!! You sound like one of those self absorbed idiots that would love Cooperstown and move here then try to make it more like what you left behind. Stay where you are it’s more convenient for all of us!!

Tammi Kelly
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Tammi Kelly
You, Mr. Rakich, are unbelievably ignorant. I grew up in Cooperstown and now am raising my family here, along with my husband…who just happens to work at the Baseball Hall of Fame. He takes great pride in his job and has busted his butt for the last 26years, helping to make sure that everyone that steps foot in our beautiful museum and HOF event, has an unforgettable experience. Sounds like you enjoy sitting on your butt making assumptions and unfair remarks about our quaint, historic village and it’s museums. It probably took you a good four hours to write your… Read more »
Candace
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Candace
I guess you really can’t write an article based on information that you have researched without actually visiting the actual place. Once you visit Cooperstown my dear you too will realize your claim for change is a dreadful idea! Once you see the gleam in the hundreds of children’s eyes when they pull into Cooperstown to play on one of the Dream fields and take your first step onto Doubleday field,you to will be moved.Walking down the charming streets and strolling by the Otesaga Hotel along the banks of the Glimmerglass Otsego Lake where all the greats from Joe DiMaggio,Ted… Read more »
Steph
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Steph

Hell to the no! Your entire argument is ridiculous. Too remote? Bullpucky. Baseball not invented in Cooperstown? Who cares? Not enough to do? Get your NYC butt up here and explore what we do have..I will even buy you dinner at Brooks BBQ!

Baseball so great in NYC? The dodgers and giants are gone…who can afford a day at the park in NYC and not have to take a loan out?

Stuart Devenpeck
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Stuart Devenpeck

listen you fuck stick… the hall of fame will never leave cooperstown.. the clark foundation which owns the hall of fame the farmers museum and many other sites in cooperstown as well as august busch..yes the buweiser heir have made sure that will never happen… and futher more leave well enough alone…stay in your big city and come visit and see what real life and livings about!!!

Jonathan Sher
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Jonathan Sher
A few observations: (1) I prefer the HOF in Cooperstown and I say this as someone who spent his first 28 years in NYC or its suburbs. There is something special about the HOF being the central attraction in town rather than one in 10,000; it makes a trip there feel more like a pilgrimage. (My dad took us when we were kids). (2) It’s true that leaving Boston, the first hour or so going west is neither scenic nor fun (Massachusetts drivers don’t rank near the top) but much of the last half of the journey is quite nice,… Read more »
Sarah
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With all due respect, NYC is not peaceful nor is it relaxing in any way shape form or matter. Firstly, I am so sorry that you have such an abundant time to waste on writing such an article. Secondly, NYC is congested enough. In my opinion, the hall of fame is perfectly located in the peaceful, beautiful, and CALM, town called Cooperstown. Family is what baseball is about and this little town here is what dreams are made of hense the DREAMS PARK. Thank you for your thoughts but, you may want to experience such an outstanding town to the… Read more »
Eabg
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Eabg

What a narcissistic asshole. Let’s just move everything to NYC for him. Although Cooperstown is not a impossible to get to as he makes it out to be, it is a bit of a drive for most of its visitors, but perhaps he’s never heard the saying “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” Take a 4 hour road trip!

Sarah K
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Sarah K

Why write an article about something you admittedly know nothing about? Isn’t that the opposite of journalism? If you loved baseball so much, you’d make it to Cooperstown and immediately regret writing this. It’s a beautiful town, and the HoF is phenomenal. Do yourself a favor – go visit and write a retraction immediately.

KH
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Dude. You messed with the wrong sport & town. The thing I don’t get is…. you call yourself a travel writer but began this article with complaining about the travel? Ah well, The #1 thing Coop DOES have… a LOT of very educated people who literally pepper the universe in travel, historical significance-appreciation, and deep roots in our tiny town. Not to mention millions of fans who will dispute this suggestion. Hey! On the bright side… we still love NYC and visiting the games…. in every state, not just our own. Think of it this way. By keeping Cooperstown &… Read more »
Jennifer
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Jennifer

So sorry us far upstate New Yorkers have inconvenienced you. But as someone else has said, fuck off and leave the museum in Cooperstown. Put your big boy pants on, take the pacifier out of your mouth and take a drive. Or don’t.

Franz Schneider
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Franz Schneider
Yeah, author trying to stir the pot… The sun does not rise and set in just New York city… Obviously writing about something and showing knowing nothing… Cooperstown and surrounding area has a vibrate cultural, music and art scene, not to mention the great outdoors and all the other reasons to visit the area. This article is idiotic and contemptible. Hey Nat, do us all a favor and get your head out of your ass! Dumb ass! By the way, there was something called the history of the American revolution, James Fenimore Cooper, American Enterprise (Owen D. Young), Grandma Moses,… Read more »
Jon kubis
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Jon kubis

Well said. My father grew up in Cooperstown and you hit the nail on the head.

Jon kubis
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Jon kubis

I’m sure Cuomo would love that since no one seems to care about the rest of new York. Just the city. I could only imagine how much a ticket would be for admission down there. I would assume 100.00 a piece since it’s about 25.00 now I believe. Cooperstown has a rich history that should not be changed.

Matt
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Matt

Did this get posted on some Cooperstown listserv? Comments section reminds me of when an article makes it to Drudge Report and all the readers pile on the comments with the same rabble.

M
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M

Sounds like LAZINESS on your part. Anyone with a true interest in the Cooperstown treasure, would get there without excuses. Blah, blah, blah.

L
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L

This guy is a tool, try visiting upstate New York before you open your mouth about what it does not have. Life does not cater to you nor does upstate New York, you love baseball so much then get off your lazy butt an travel before you think we are to take our memories an place them in New York city because it would make your life easy..

MM
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MM

Author is a complete jackass and this article is garbage.

Duane Aponte
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Duane Aponte

The author is a complete idiot, leave the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown where it belongs!!!

Kristie
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Kristie

I grew up near Cooperstown. I was a waitress in a diner next door to the museum while in high school. I have lived in NYC and now Philly for 10 years. Too many reasons to write why you are wrong. Most importantly you are truly an idiot. Please don’t go visit. They don’t want your type anyway.

Marga Blaho
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Marga Blaho
If you wanted to see it badly enough you take the trip out there. My dad took us kids from LI a couple of times, once on HOF day. My husband and I drive up from LI when we were dating. Later we moved upstate NY, 35 miles east of Binghamton, and have taken our kids twice. We never would have been able to go so often if it was in NYC. Besides having to pay to get into the city the cost to get in would probably double! Also what about the little league games played right there? We’ve… Read more »
E H
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E H

Come on up to Upstate N Y. We will even let you smell the cow shit for free.

TJ Valion
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TJ Valion

How did this person get a job writing a sports article? He/She (it in today’s politically correct society) is absolutely CLUELESS about the history of the sport, and even more clueless about the sights and activities of upstate New York. Crawl back under your rock in Boston, loser. Baseball belongs in Cooperstown. It’s part of baseball’s history. Don’t mess with it.

Nicola
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Nicola

Just so you are aware there are two other museums, breweries, and a beautiful lake in Cooperstown. Cooperstown is a quaint village. If the drive is so unbearable for you, maybe you should just stay in Boston. The village is booming all summer so I don’t think other tourists share your views about the drive. Get off the freeways and enjoy life.

My god
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My god

There is some kind of inferiority complex going on in the comments

VLN
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VLN

“Prohibitively difficult” to visit? Is this a joke? NYC comes way more near “prohibitively difficult” to visit, and Boston, too, while you’re at it, and I know this because I HAVE been to BOTH those cities, unlike you, mister smarty pants, who can’t even trouble himself to take, what, three days out of what must be a way too important, busy life to DRIVE out to one of the prettiest, most charming places in the country and visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Get over yourself, buster.

Diamond Dog
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Diamond Dog

The Hoboken myth needs to go away. The first documented baseball game was in 1825 in Hamden, N.Y. It was recorded in The Delhi Gazette.

Eddie
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Eddie

Fuck you asshole

Trace Juno
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This is the best backlash ever!!!

CMock
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CMock
I’m happy to travel every once in awhile to view and experience the things the NYC has to offer Broadway Rockettes and many other museums and treasures. But as a resident of Otsego county you start expressing moving something that does bring people to our beautiful corner of the state I take it personally. Coopertown my not be the most convenient right off the highway stop, but the lakefront town and surrounding area is unlike anything else I have found in traveling throughout the United States. Those of us who live in the area do cringe a bit durong Hall… Read more »
iliveinupstateny
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iliveinupstateny
theyre not going to move it because some seflish blogger wants it moved…you want to be able to go to the hall of fame but u live in nyc thats ur fucking problem not any one elses for that matter only thing i could picture while reading this article was u sitting in ur 10×15 over priced studio apartment. well i got news for your buddy if u want it moved your changing lots of this like all the history that as been set and marked in one place so many famous baseball players have set foot in the hall… Read more »
Yves from Ottawa
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Yves from Ottawa

Glad to see most comments are going against the writer’s view. Might as well close all of small-town America and move everything to NY City. In Canada, the baseball hall of fame was moved from Ontario Place in Toronto to St. Mary’s, near Stratford. I’ve been going to Cooperstown since 1995 and, as Bruce Markussen wrote, there is more to the town than the H of F in every season. Would be nice to see some people in NY City get off their asses and find out that there is more to their country than NY City.

Kage
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Kage

Good to see the Otsego County tourism board astro-turfing this comment section in such short order. Way to keep the village of Cooperstown’s boring and creepy brand of hope alive.

Mitchell
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Mitchell

I am from Toronto. I visit Cooperstown every 2 to 3 years for the last 25. It is not an easy drive to Cooperstown but I would not change a thing. Perhaps before you write, you should visit. There is nothing like the Baseball Hall of Fame. it is glorious and needs not to be moved.

John
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John
I have the opportunity to visit Cooperstown one time, back in 2004. I drove all the way across the country from Los Angeles to get there. Although, that’s not the complete truth. The reality is it was part of a month long journey from ballpark to Ballpark with a few additional stops like Niagara Falls along the way. Along with Wrigley Field , Fenway Park, and surprisingly, PNC Park in Pittsburgh , the baseball Hall of Fame was the highlight of that trip. For me, the Baseball Hall of Fame is a sacred place. I can’t imagine that it would… Read more »
Kara
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Kara
This is my 17th year going to Induction Weekend. We are from the Boston area and LOVE baseball. It takes 3 hours tops without traffic. If you are a true baseball fan you’ll drive as far as you have to go witness history. You call yourself a Bostonian? Were you there for Pedro last year? If not, I pity you. You missed history in the making. Cooperstown is a part of American history. There is clear air, a beautiful lake and nostalgia there. If you don’t enjoy those things and would rather breathe smog in from NYC I guess I… Read more »
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