The historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY turned 100 on Sept 6, 2020. Unfortunately nobody was there to celebrate the centennial due to Covid-19. Baseball was cancelled at Doubleday Field in all of 2020 including the Hall Of Fame Classic Game. The Hall of Fame Classic Game at Doubleday Field was again cancelled in 2021 due to Covid-19. The field has been hosting Hall of Fame Games since 1939 and is known as the "Birthplace Of Baseball". $5.8 million renovations were completed in 2020 for the 2021 season. A new scoreboard was also installed in 2018.
Cooperstown needed some live baseball action after 2 years of both the Hall of Fame Induction and Hall of Fame Classic Game events were cancelled due to Covid-19. With baseball legends and hall of famers absent from Doubleday Field the last two years....these amateur players had quite the void to fill. Baseball fans from all over visit the stadium to watch live action.
It was officially the 1st ever summer doubleheader, series or tournament played at the renowned field since the stadium's centennial and new renovations !!
Even though dreams of going pro for these guys were long gone .......playing on the same field as many baseball legends have played was a dream in itself! On this special day the Nassau Rays from the MSBL Long Island +35 league took the field to host a double header. And the rest was history!
Team batting leaders for the tournament were:
52 year old Dave Fantry: .444
34 year old Mark Vollard: .417
50 year old Guy Saladino: .375 (Led team in Fielding %)
50 year old Gavin Saladino led team in walks with 3
Newly renovated Doubleday Field 2021