Doubleday Field


Doubleday Field is a baseball stadium in Cooperstown, New York named for Abner Doubleday and located two village blocks from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Doubleday Field
LocationCooperstown, New York
Capacity9,791
Field sizeLeft field: 296ft
Left-center field: 336ft
Center field: 390ft
Right-center field: 350ft
Right field: 312ft
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened1920
Expanded1924, 1939
Tenants
MLB Hall of Fame game (1943-2008)

Baseball Hall of Fame Classic (2009-present)

Cooperstown Hawkeyes (PGCBL) (2010–2013)

The grounds have been used for baseball since 1920, on what was Elihu Phinney's farm. A wooden grandstand was built in 1924, later replaced by a steel and concrete grandstand built in 1939 by the Works Project Administration.[1] Subsequent expansion has increased seating capacity to 9,791 spectators.[2]

Hall of Fame Game


Doubleday Field, view from behind home plate.

Each year from 1940 to 2008, Doubleday Field hosted the Hall of Fame Game, an exhibition game between two major league squads. Originally, the game and induction ceremony for new Hall of Fame members were held on the same day, a Monday. Starting in 1979, the induction ceremony was moved to Sunday, with the game played on Monday.[3] Starting in 2003, the game was scheduled in May or June, to better accommodate the participating teams' travel schedules.

As MLB's last remaining in-season exhibition game, its results did not count in the official standings, and substitute players were generally used to avoid injury to starters. The curiosity factor of two teams from different leagues playing each other in this game outside of a World Series or spring training situation was eventually removed in 1997 with the launch of interleague play, further reducing the game's cachet.

On January 29, 2008, Major League Baseball announced that the final Hall of Fame Game would be played on June 16, 2008, between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres, citing "the inherent challenges" of scheduling teams in the modern day as the reason for ending the annual contest.[4] However, the contest was canceled on account of rain,[5] making the 2007 matchup between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays the last Hall of Fame Game that was played.

Results

Key to colors
     National League victory over American League
     American League victory over National League
DateWinning TeamScoreLosing TeamScoreNotesSeries
June 13, 1940Chicago Cubs10Boston Red Sox97 innings-rainNL, 1–0
June 13, 1941Cleveland Indians2Cincinnati Reds16 innings-rainTied, 1–1
August 3, 1942St. Louis Cardinals5Philadelphia Athletics2NL, 2–1
July 19, 1943Brooklyn Dodgers7Chicago White Sox5NL, 3–1
July 10, 1944Detroit Tigers vs. New York Giantscanceled-rain 
1945 canceled-war restrictions 
June 13, 1946New York Giants9Detroit Tigers5NL, 4–1
July 21, 1947Boston Braves4New York Yankees310 inningsNL, 5–1
July 12, 1948St. Louis Browns7Philadelphia Phillies5NL, 5–2
June 13, 1949Washington Senators8Pittsburgh Pirates7NL, 5–3
July 24, 1950Boston Red Sox8New York Giants5NL, 5–4
July 23, 1951Brooklyn Dodgers9Philadelphia Athletics4NL, 6–4
July 21, 1952Cleveland Indians4Chicago Cubs2NL, 6–5
July 27, 1953Cincinnati Reds16Chicago White Sox6NL, 7–5
August 9, 1954New York Yankees10Cincinnati Reds9NL, 7–6
July 25, 1955Boston Red Sox4Milwaukee Braves2Tied, 7–7
July 23, 1956New York Giants11Detroit Tigers1012 inningsNL, 8–7
July 22, 1957Chicago White Sox13St. Louis Cardinals4Tied, 8–8
August 4, 1958Washington Senators5Philadelphia Phillies4AL, 9–8
July 20, 1959Kansas City Athletics 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 56 innings-rain (tie game)AL, 9–8–1
June 27, 1960Chicago Cubs5Cleveland Indians0Tied, 9–9–1
July 24, 1961Los Angeles Dodgers6Baltimore Orioles2NL, 10–9–1
July 23, 1962Milwaukee Braves vs. New York Yankeescancelled-rain 
August 5, 1963Boston Red Sox7Milwaukee Braves3Tied, 10–10–1
July 27, 1964Washington Senators6New York Mets4AL, 11–10–1
July 26, 1965New York Yankees7Philadelphia Phillies4AL, 12–10–1
July 25, 1966St. Louis Cardinals7Minnesota Twins5AL, 12–11–1
July 24, 1967Baltimore Orioles3Cincinnati Reds0AL, 13–11–1
July 22, 1968Detroit Tigers10Pittsburgh Pirates1AL, 14–11–1
July 28, 1969Minnesota Twins7Houston Astros25 innings-rainAL, 15–11–1
July 27, 1970Montreal Expos10Chicago White Sox6AL, 15–12–1
August 9, 1971Cleveland Indians13Chicago Cubs5AL, 16–12–1
August 7, 1972New York Yankees8Los Angeles Dodgers3AL, 17–12–1
August 6, 1973Texas Rangers6Pittsburgh Pirates4AL, 18–12–1
August 12, 1974Atlanta Braves12Chicago White Sox9AL, 18–13–1
August 18, 1975Boston Red Sox11San Francisco Giants5AL, 19–13–1
August 9, 1976Milwaukee Brewers9New York Mets3AL, 20–13–1
August 8, 1977Minnesota Twins8Philadelphia Phillies5AL, 21–13–1
August 7, 1978Detroit Tigers 4, New York Mets 46½ innings-rain (tie game)AL, 21–13–2
August 6, 1979Texas Rangers12San Diego Padres5AL, 22–13–2
August 4, 1980Pittsburgh Pirates11Chicago White Sox8AL, 22–14–2
August 3, 1981Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland Athletics canceled-players' strike 
August 2, 1982Chicago White Sox 4, New York Mets 48 innings-rain (tie game)AL, 22–14–3
August 1, 1983St. Louis Cardinals4Baltimore Orioles1AL, 22–15–3
August 13, 1984Detroit Tigers7Atlanta Braves5AL, 23–15–3
July 29, 1985Houston Astros5Boston Red Sox310 inningsAL, 23–16–3
August 4, 1986Texas Rangers11Kansas City Royals4AL, 24–16–3
July 27, 1987New York Yankees3Atlanta Braves0AL, 25–16–3
August 1, 1988Chicago Cubs 1, Cleveland Indians 19 innings (tie game)AL, 25–16–4
July 24, 1989Boston Red Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds canceled-plane malfunction 
August 6, 1990Baltimore Orioles vs. Montreal Exposcanceled-rain 
July 22, 1991Minnesota Twins6San Francisco Giants4AL, 26–16–4
August 3, 1992New York Mets3Chicago White Sox0AL, 26–17–4
August 2, 1993Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Dodgerscanceled-rain 
August 1, 1994Seattle Mariners4Philadelphia Phillies3AL, 27–17–4
July 31, 1995Chicago Cubs8Detroit Tigers6AL, 27–18–4
August 5, 1996California Angels 6, Montreal Expos 69 innings (tie game)AL, 27–18–5
August 4, 1997Los Angeles Dodgers16San Diego Padres8@
July 27, 1998Baltimore Orioles7Toronto Blue Jays1@
July 26, 1999Texas Rangers11Kansas City Royals98 innings-rain@
July 24, 2000Arizona Diamondbacks12Cleveland Indians7AL, 27–19–5
August 6, 2001Milwaukee Brewers6Florida Marlins2@
July 29, 2002Colorado Rockies18Chicago White Sox10AL, 27–20–5
June 16, 2003Philadelphia Phillies7Tampa Bay Devil Rays5AL, 27–21–5
June 14, 2004Atlanta Braves10Minnesota Twins7AL, 27–22–5
May 23, 2005Detroit Tigers6Boston Red Sox4@
May 15, 2006Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Piratescanceled after 2½ innings-rain 
May 21, 2007Baltimore Orioles13Toronto Blue Jays7@
June 16, 2008Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padrescanceled-rain 

Notes:

A New York–Penn League game between the Elmira Pioneers and Oneonta Yankees was played in 1981.
The Boston Red Sox played an intra-squad game in 1989.
@ Denotes games played between teams in the same league.
With the participation of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2003, every MLB franchise had participated in a Hall of Fame game.

Hall of Fame Classic


In November 2008, the Hall of Fame and the MLB Players Alumni Association announced the creation of the Hall of Fame Classic, an exhibition game involving Hall of Famers and other retired MLB players to be played on Father's Day weekend, and in recent years on the Saturday before Memorial Day. The inaugural Hall of Fame Classic was played on Sunday, June 21, 2009.[6] The Hall of Fame game lasts seven innings or two hours, whichever comes first. In addition to the game, there is a parade and a home run derby beforehand.[7] The game has been played annually since 2011. In March 2020 it was announced by the Hall of Fame that that year's game would be canceled "in accordance with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and government officials to limit opportunities for large gatherings and the further spread of the COVID-19 virus."

Cooperstown Classic


The Cooperstown Classic was an International League regular season game played in honor of the 125th anniversary of the league in 2008. The game was held on a Sunday afternoon in May between the Rochester Red Wings and the Syracuse Chiefs. The game was the third of a four-game series in which the Chiefs were the home team. The crowd for the game was very respectable and Major League Hall of Fame member Carlton Fisk threw out the first pitch. The game was postponed after the second inning after a rain delay in which Syracuse lead 1-0 and went on to win the following day in its completion at Alliance Bank Stadium. In an attempt to give the fans another game, the Cooperstown Classic Two was played on a Sunday in June 2009. This game was played between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the home team Syracuse Chiefs. The game was played in full with the Red Sox winning 15-3. This game was not played after that but many have expressed interest in it after the demise of the MLB Hall Of Fame Game in 2008.

Other uses


Doubleday Field is used primarily for amateur and American Legion ball; The Legends of Baseball rents out Doubleday for three weeks over the summer. The Cooperstown Hawkeyes of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League use the field during the summer, while Play at the Plate Baseball also has an annual event at Doubleday Field every September.

No professional team has ever called the stadium home, although in 1996 the Northeast League considered placing a franchise in Cooperstown; this idea was rejected because Doubleday Field has no lights, a necessity for a team in a pro league. Also, some felt that Cooperstown should be the home of all baseball, and not just one team. However, the New York–Penn League has played an annual regular-season game at Doubleday Field since 1991, with the team based in nearby Oneonta serving as the home team through 2009. (The team was known as the Oneonta Yankees until 1999, when they switched affiliations to become the Oneonta Tigers in 1999. The franchise moved to Connecticut in 2010, but has continued to host the Cooperstown game.)

References


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  3. Dobinsky, Anne (August 5, 1979). "Baseball Shrine Celebrates 40th Anniversary". The Star Press. Muncie, Indiana. UPI. p. C-6. Retrieved October 11, 2019 via newspapers.com.
  4. "Baseball Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown will end after this year". Archived from the original on February 2, 2008.
  5. Kekis, John (2008-06-18). "Final Hall of Fame Game canceled by rain". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-06-16. [dead link]
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