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 Father’s 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. As of November 13, we have begun scheduling for the 2013 season. You can find a downloadable applicaiton 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 will 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.
2014 Season – Application Process
We have begun to accept game applications for the 2014 season. Below you will find the application for 2014 as well as a list of currently available dates. Please be aware that availability can change daily. We will attempt to update the availability list weekly beginning in December. If you have specific questions other that “is this date still available” please feel free to contact Jennifer Truax, Deputy Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org, she will be able to assist you with general information regarding the application and scheduling process. Please note that confirmation letters will be mailed; however confirmation of games will not begin until at least January. We ask that you remember that this is a small office with only one staff member handling Doubleday Field scheduling along with many other duties. Contact by interested parties to confirm receipt of applications, check on date availability and other inquires only hinder the timely processing of applications. If there is a problem with your application or we are unable to provide you with one of your requested dates we will contact you. Thank you for your support of Doubleday Field as well as your cooperation and patience as we work to fill all use requests.