Baseball In Cooperstown
Cooperstown Baseball Camps
Work on your stance, perfect your swing, and get in some pitching practice during your stay in Cooperstown. In a town synonymous with baseball, the tradition continues at several youth baseball camps designed to help players grow and excel in America's greatest game.
Over 1,350 teams make the pilgrimage to Cooperstown each summer to participate in weekly tournaments at Cooperstown Dreams Park. Open to teams of players ages 12 and under, this tournament is “where baseball present meets the traditional values of baseball past.”
Cooperstown Baseball World is the only tournament owned and operated by a Major League Baseball owner – Eddie Einhorn of the Chicago White Sox. Open to players ages 11 to 16, participants experience a college atmosphere, residing in SUNY Oneonta dormitories and enjoying meals in the dining hall.
At the Cooperstown All-Star Village in Oneonta, teams from all over the country come together in weekly tournaments for 10U and 12U sanctioned teams. With on-site accommodations for the entire family, this camp-style experience offers plenty of off-field activities for players and their fans.
Baseball Museums and Attractions
Discover the 150-year-old history of baseball; its past triumphs and crushing defeats in the birthplace of baseball. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is filled with artifacts and exhibits commemorating the game's greats – both past and present. Each July, thousands of visitors attend Hall of Fame Weekend, a 3-day celebration of the newest inductees to be enshrined in the stunning Hall of Fame Gallery.
“Meet” your favorite players (even those no longer with us) at Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, located just down the street from the Hall of Fame. Snap a photo with life-size Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, or Mike Piazza. You may even run into a celebrity or past president.
Be sure to leave time to visit the “Where It All Began” Bat Company on Main Street in Cooperstown to purchase on-field use or novelty bats, then to Cooperstown Bat Company for a factory tour to learn how the bats are made.
In the center of town is Doubleday Field where, legend has it, baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday in 1839. Rent Doubleday Field from the Village of Cooperstown for an event or game with friends.
In Oneonta, catch a game starring some of the most celebrated collegiate players at Damaschke Field, one of the most historic ballparks still in use. In the off season, concerts, rodeos, and other family-friendly events fill the stadium's seats.