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5 Places to See That Are Not Stadiums


Baseball has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. Driving up to Arlington to see the Rangers play as kids is one of my fondest memories. I have an ambitious goal of seeing baseball all around the world, but for me it all starts at home in the United States. Every one knows the famous stadiums to visit or the one down the street from home. But what about places to visit that aren’t stadiums? Here is my list of 5 must see places for any baseball fan that are not located at a stadium.
#1 Baseball Hall of Fame – Cooperstown, New York

This is the Holy Grail of baseball history. Here you will find all the games greats, and the history behind what made them great. Located in upstate New York, the Hall of Fame offers something for every baseball fan. See artifacts from all the great players, games, and events in baseball history. Adults can read one of 3 million books, take a look at 500,000 photographs, or view one of 38,000 artifacts from the game. Kids have their own section called the Sandlot Kids Clubhouse where they can enjoy various activities and exhibitions.

Baseball Hall of Fame

#2 Field of Dreams Set – Dyersville, Iowa

Not only is Field of Dreams one of the most popular baseball movies, but it helps capture the imaginations from young to old. The movie set sits in a field in Dyersville, Iowa where on a sunny afternoon you too can go out for a game of catch. After many years of uncertainty with the field, it is finally owned by one family. The movie company had built it on the land of two farms, but it has since been consolidated and is currently up for sale. The house and ball field used in the movie are still there.

Field of Dreams Movie Set

Photo Courtesy Cindy Chlapek Berg

#3 Louisville Slugger Museum – Louisville, Kentucky

I have had the pleasure of visiting this great institution (insert link) and I think people of all ages would really enjoy the trip here. Not only can you see the world’s biggest bat, but you can watch the process of a Louisville Slugger bat being made and then have your own name stamped on one. They also have a nice museum where you are able to see the evolution of the bat from the early 1900s till now. Oh and don’t forget to pick out a current stars model to practice with in the batting cages before you leave.

Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum

Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum

#4 Negro Leagues Baseball Museum – Kansas City, Missouri

See the history of one of the most overlooked and fascinating parts of baseball history.  See artifacts, photos, and multi-media displays on the history of the Negro Leagues.  Some of baseball’s most influential characters came out of the Negro Leagues, and there should be more to pay ommage to its history.  So stop by, listen to some stories of Josh Gibson, and take in the history.  You will not be disappointed.

Negro League Baseball Museum

Negro League Baseball Museum

#5 The Grave of George Herman “Babe” Ruth – Hawthorne, New York

Arguably the greatest player to ever play the game, Babe Ruth’s legacy has reached legendary status. Roughly 35 miles from NYC, Hawthorne is the final resting place for not only Babe Ruth but other celebrities as well.  Most baseball fans alive now never got to see Ruth play, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pay your respects.  However, do remember that this is an active cemetery and to be respectful of such.

There are a lot of other great sites.  These are just a few of the great baseball sites around the country.  Want to know more?  Check out a great book Roadside Baseball: The Locations of America’s Baseball Landmarks by Chris Epting.  The book will take you from state to state with historic places in the history of the game.  No matter where you are, there is something nearby that is worthy of a trip to see.

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