The baseball world mourns the loss of Willie Mays, a Cooperstown legend whose impact on the sport transcends generations. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, Mays' induction recognized his extraordinary career marked by 24 All-Star selections, 12 Gold Glove Awards, and two MVP titles. His iconic presence on the field, highlighted by legendary moments like his over-the-shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series, solidified his status as one of the greatest to ever play the game.

Mays Ended his career as a member of the NY Mets

 

In 1999, Mays was further honored as a member of Cooperstown's MLB All-Century Team, a testament to his enduring legacy and influence on baseball. His dynamic skills and infectious enthusiasm captivated fans during his tenure with the New York and San Francisco Giants, where he became synonymous with excellence and sportsmanship.

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Yesterday's announcement that Mays would not attend the scheduled Negro Leagues tribute game between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama, underscores his deep respect for baseball's history. Despite his absence, Mays' ties to Birmingham, where he began his illustrious career with the Birmingham Black Barons, reflect his profound impact on the game and its cultural significance.

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As tributes pour in from around the world, Willie Mays' legacy as a trailblazer and ambassador for baseball remains unparalleled. Beyond his statistical achievements, he embodied the spirit of the game with his electrifying plays and unwavering passion. His influence extended far beyond the diamond, leaving an indelible mark on countless lives and ensuring his place in the pantheon of sports legends.

 

Willie Mays' passing marks the end of an era in baseball, but his legacy as a Cooperstown NY legend and beloved figure will continue to inspire future generations of players and fans alike.

 

Upstate Legends! A Visit to Cooperstown's Hyde Hall, a "Mansion Unlike Any Other"

Hyde Hall, although technically located in Springfield, NY, is closely associated with Cooperstown. The mansion, built for George Clarke (1768-1835), scion of one of the earliest settlers and landowners of then-Western New York State (meaning west of the Hudson River), is without peer for its important contributions to history and architecture of the era. Today, tours of this stunning showplace are a popular attraction to those visiting Cooperstown. Hyde Hall is located at Glimmerglass State Park on the northern shore of Otsego Lake, the village of Cooperstown is on the lake shore nine miles south of the mansion. The house was built between 1817 and 1834, and was designed by Philip Hooker, the pre-eminent New York State architect at the time, and the man who designed the New York State Capitol.

Definitely put Hyde Hall on your Upstate New York bucket list!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

Amazing Photos from the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions in Cooperstown, NY

Don Laible takes his camera around Cooperstown, NY during the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction weekend on July 24, 2022.

Gallery Credit: Don Laible

Cooperstown Parade of Legends Returns

Check out parade attendees from a recent Parade of Legends. Who will you get to see this year? The National Baseball Hall of Fame Parade of Legends in Cooperstown, New York on Saturday July 23rd at 6pm from Doubleday Field to the Hall of Fame. It is a don't miss for baseball fans.

Gallery Credit: Charlie Voelker

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