History of The Field
Before Doubleday Field was used as a baseball stadium and community gathering spot, several individuals and business used the space that is now the parking lot for their businesses and personal use. The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from March 1887 shows that, in addition to a wood shed and ice house, there were stables managed by the Lettis family belonging to the Central Hotel. Between 1894 and 1903, a small building was constructed at the Main Street entrance of the parking lot property. This building housed Mogavero’s fruit stand as well as Noyes Lunch in 1906.
In the 1910s, with growing interest to establish Cooperstown (and Doubleday Field in particular) as the birthplace of baseball, money was raised to purchase the field from the Phinney family… read more
Photo Credit: New York State Historical Association
Many people recognize Cooperstown as the Home of Baseball. We welcome thousands of visitors to the Village each year to tour the National Baseball Hall of Fame and enjoy and/or partake in a game at Abner Doubleday Field.
Apart from several sandlot games with youth, the first significant competitive game played at Doubleday Field between adult teams occurred on September 6, 1920 as part of a Street Fair celebration sponsored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce intended to raise additional funds to purchase the property from the Phinney family. A Cooperstown team played the Cuban Giants, winning the game, 9-8. There is a box score and newspaper account of the occasion. The use of the field has changed significantly over time. It once hosted Cooperstown Central School’s football team and continues to be the site of most of the High School’s baseball games. Doubleday field has been the site of the National Baseball Hall of Fame game, bringing major league teams to Cooperstown to play and now hosts the National Baseball Hall of Fame Classic game bring major league alumni to play a game on Memorial Day weekend.
You too can partake in the spirit of the game and play baseball on Doubleday Field. Each year hundreds of teams choose to visit the Village in uniform and take it to the field. The field is available to rent from approximately mid-April through Columbus Day weekend in October, depending on weather and field conditions. We offer three games per day, 10 AM, 1:30 PM & 5 PM most of the spring and summer season with two games per day (10 AM & 1:30 PM) from mid-September through Columbus Day weekend. Rental of the field for a baseball or softball game ranges in price between $400 and $550 per game.
The application process for the upcoming summer season begins the fall prior and continues throughout the season as space permits. Organizations who are interested in hosting a tournament (6 or more games on two or more consecutive days) may apply beginning in early October. Applications become available for hosting individual games on or around November 15. If you would like to be placed in our database to received your application by mail please email your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find a downloadable application, on or after November 15 and availability list below.
All applications/game request must be received by mail. We will not accept applications by fax, e-mail or phone. Games are scheduled on a first-come-first serve basis, as applications are received in the Village Clerk’s Office. Field availability changes frequently. We try to update the availability list, weekly during the beginning of the scheduling process, and monthly beginning in February or as time permits. If you have specific questions regarding the application process or use of the field please direct them to Jennifer Truax, Deputy Clerk, at email@example.com.
Okay, so you are not able to get a team together to play on the field you can still enjoy the field. Check out a game, most of which are free to the public. We post the field schedule monthly right here on our website.