UEHS Sports & Entertainment Marketing classes visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to learn and understand the impact of the sport on our economy. From its early days to the present, students could see the generational changes and how society and the economy have embraced the game.
27 students in grades 10 through 12 learned how the game has transcended from mere entertainment to a multi-billion dollar business that provides an “experience” when watching it. Seeing the historical artifacts, students gained an understanding of the impact baseball has had on our society and the world as a whole. This included exhibits on women and minorities in baseball, and baseball in other countries.
Besides the game itself, students learned about the impact the Baseball Hall of Fame has on the local community, a village of just 1,900 people. Students were able to recognize that people from all over the world travel to Cooperstown to visit the Hall of Fame, spending dollars to travel there and to stay in the village. Students also visited the famous Doubleday Field, named after Abner Doubleday who is credited with “inventing” the game of baseball. There they watched a game between two men’s adult league teams from outside the area.
UEHS teacher Mike Nagorny said, “The kids LOVED the trip! As they were getting off the bus when we arrived back at the high school they were all telling me that was the best field trip they had ever been on.”