Dedicated baseball fans often take road trips to watch favorite teams play in storied stadiums around the country. But if the opening of the season has you craving even more, there are plenty of places to steep yourself in baseball lore outside the ballparks, from museums to historic homes.
Here are a few ideas for baseball destinations, ranging from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., to the Louisville Slugger factory in Kentucky.
Many teams have their own halls of fame or exhibit halls, often in or near the ballparks. But many of baseball greats also have destinations honoring them, whether it’s a birthplace, home, museum or statue.
• In Baltimore, check out the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, located inside four row houses,http://baberuthmuseum.org
, with the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards a few blocks away.
• In Fargo, N.D., there’s a Roger Maris Museum,www.rogermarismuseum.com
• Mobile, Ala., has the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum,
• Royston, Ga., is home to the Ty Cobb Museum,www.tycobbmuseum.org
• In New Jersey, visit the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls,http://yogiberramuseum.org/
• The Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, in St. Petersburg, Fla., pays tribute to the Red Sox legend and others,www.tedwilliamsmuseum.com
Williams is also depicted in a statue at Fenway Park in Boston, while a statue of Cardinal great Stan Musial stands outside Busch Stadium in St. Louis. In Brooklyn, N.Y., a statue of Brooklyn Dodgers teammates Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese commemorates their friendship across racial lines, located outside the Coney Island stadium where the minor league Cyclones play. Fans still leave baseballs at Robinson’s gravesite in Cypress Hills Cemetery on the Brooklyn-Queens border.