The President pitches tourism in Cooperstown

Cooperstown TourismPresident Lincoln, on his deathbed, is known to have told Abner Doubleday, “Keep baseball going; the country needs it.”

If truth be told, the line was actually fabricated by radio sportscaster Bill Stern. Even so, President Obama, alive and well, would be wise to pitch a similar mantra when he visits the Baseball Hall of Fame this week.

The Hall is celebrating 75 years and Obama, the first sitting president to ever visit the HOF, will walk the hallowed history museum to encourage the benefits of New York State tourism.

In 1939, America’s favorite pastime found itself hurting from a lack of tourism because of the Great Depression, Prohibition and growing worries over WWII. A local hotel owner is said to have opened the now legendary baseball exhibit building to help boost his sales.

75 years later, the President will, hopefully, have time to visit more than just the town’s biggest claim to fame. My suggestions would include the Farmers Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, the Glimmerglass Opera House and Brewery Ommegang. “Believe It or Not,” this is Cooperstown is a website devoted to helping you make the most of your stay with this list of waterfront properties to pick from.

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