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Being a dangerous combination of cartophiliac and completist, it bothers me quite a bit that there are places from which I have photos - good or bad - that I have not posted here. These places are US states or Canadian provinces that I've visited briefly, or that I visited at times when I was not particularly interested in photography, so I don't have a large number of shots from them. In the interest of completion, I'm going through the archives for the next couple of weeks to pull out all of the photos - good and not so good - I have from these empty spots on the map.

Despite the fact that I went to college in New York, lived there for two years, and have visited regularly since, I have a distinct scarcity of decent photos from it. This particular shot is from the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, which I visited for the first and only time a little over a year ago.

Cooperstown, which is a tiny and out of the way town about an hour west of Albany in upstate New York, has been host to the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1939. The story of why it is located here stretches back at least 100 years earlier, to 1839 when a Cooperstown native named Abner Doubleday is reputed to have invented the game, out of the blue. Doubleday - later a hero of the Union in the American Civil War - was almost certainly not the game's inventor, though the exact early history of it is somewhat shrouded by time. However, this claim took off, and in 1939, with the game one of the few positive things happening in the US during the Great Depression, the Hall was dedicated and its first inductees - including some of the game's most legendary figures - were sworn in as members. Today, the Hall of Fame and Museum is a top tourist destination and has made baseball Cooperstown's biggest industry.

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