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Before they got to the World Series, they played at Dreams Park
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Before they got to the World Series, they played at Dreams Park


For almost three decades, youth baseball players from all over the country have been chasing their big-league dreams all the way to Cooperstown’s Dreams Park, and this year’s 2021 Major League World Series represents the physical manifestation of those dreams coming true.

More than 500 Dreams Park alumni have made it to the big leagues and seven of them are members of this year’s Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves World Series combatants.

Editorial: Don’t bet on it

Don’t bet on it

We love Major League Baseball’s World Series, even when it’s not “our” team playing in the Fall Classic. It always is a joy to see visitors traveling to and walking around Cooperstown just for the opportunity to watch the game on television in a restaurant in The Home of Baseball.

This year’s television and radio broadcasts, though, border on the unwatchable. Not because the quality of play is any less intense or expert. Not because it’s the Houston Astros once again vying for the title — Manager Dusty Baker has single-handedly restored dignity to a franchise that just a year ago was almost shamed out of existence thanks to its bang-on-a-can, signal-stealing controversy.

It’s not even because Joe Buck sometimes rattles on a little too much about statistics that sound like some of the most arcane trivia one could ever imagine.

Cooperstown Bat Company Featured On ESPN Segment At Astros’ Camp

Cooperstown Bat Company

Featured On ESPN Segment

Jose Altuve
Sal Paolantonio

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – A Cooperstown Bat Company bat thrilled Houston Astro Jose Altuve early today, and by 9 a.m. the Cooperstown company’s products were being praised on ESPN Sports Center.

As Bat Company owner Tim Haney described it in a call from Florida a few minutes ago, he was at Astros’ batting practice and asked Altuve if he’d like to try one of the Cooperstown bats.

“He took it over to the batting cage,” said Tim.  “All of a sudden he went right to the batting machine, which was throwing pitches at 90 miles an hour.”

“It was a little nerve-racking,” said the local businessman, who is visiting spring-training camps to get MLB players to try his wares.

Bregman Glove, Verlander Jersey Due At Hall of Fame

Bregman Glove, Verlander

Jersey Due At Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN – Artifacts from the Houston Astros’ World Series victory are on their way to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Donated after Game 7 Wednesday night in Los Angeles, they include:

  • Glove used by Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who made multiple highlight-reel defensive plays throughout the Series
  • Jersey worn by Astros pitcher Justin Verlander in Game 6
  • Cap worn by Astros pitcher Charlie Morton in Game 7, when he picked up the victory with four innings of relief work to end the game

48,000 Expected For Hall of Fame Induction Weekend


48,000 Due In Cooperstown

For Hall of Fame Weekend

Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw
Jeff Foxworthy
Jeff Foxworthy


COOPERSTOWN – Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw are among the 48,000 people expected to visit Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend.

Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are scheduled to be inducted into the Hall of Plaques at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in ceremonies outside the Clark Sports Center.

“We’re excited!” said Craig Muder, the Hall’s director of communications.  “This is what we live for!”

Biggio brings in a big turnout from his fellow Astros, including players Jeff Bagwell, Enos Cabell, Casey Candaele, Adam Everett, Charley Kerfeld and Bill Spiers, as well as owner Jim Crane, former managers Larry Dierker, Phil Garner and Art Howe, Reid Ryan, president of business operations, president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow and former coach Matt Galante.

Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Beeston and Tigers president Dave Dombrowski will also be in town, as well as Tommy Harper; Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry; Dodgers president Stan Kasten; and Braves president John Schuerholz.

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