A warning to all fans who come to Cooperstown. This is Yankees country, and it shows in the shops around town. Some of these people still haven't forgiven the Giants (yay) and the Dodgers (boo) for moving to the West Coast half a century ago. Red Sox Nation folks may feel like pilgrims in an unholy land.
There is more to the Hall of Fame than plaques honoring the greats of the major leagues, and the negro leagues from the days of segregated baseball. The history of the game is well presented. Abner Doubleday did not invent it. The game actually seems to have come from England, where it was later replaced by cricket which came there from Flanders.
There are displays about the women's leagues and about baseball in Latin America. The only disappointment was that there was nothing at all about Japanese professional baseball, or in Korea and Taiwan. So Shigeo Nagashima and Sadaharu Oh aren't here. I lived in Japan as a kid, and remain a Yomiuri Giants fan. Don't get me wrong, because coming to Cooperstown was a bucket list thing for both of us.
If you were paying any attention in literature class, you may have heard of James Fenimore Cooper. Guess where he was from? You got it!! (Statue picture deleted.)
The streets of Cooperstown have many sports memorabilia shops. This one is guilty of false advertising.
They don't have them! Dad threw them away because of household goods weight limitations coming back from Japan, and that was the end of those!