MLB's Baseball History Comes Alive With Cooperstown's iOS App
Just in time for the annual All-Star Game, this free app by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a gem for baseball fanatics.Baseball lovers now have something to relish as they spend hours driving in their vehicles: a new baseball history app from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum that can turn every drive into a baseball adventure in cities and towns across the country. The interactive free iOS app, called BHOF Beacon, debuted earlier this year and is constantly being updated with new fascinating and historic baseball sites for travelers. The app uses smartphone or tablet GPS locations to highlight nearby notable destinations for visitors to explore, providing a grand slam of baseball history to Major League Baseball fans on their iPhones and iPads Just in time for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati and for the 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y., the BHOF Beacon app provides baseball fans with rich historic details about the national pastime, whether they are driving to Cooperstown or heading anywhere else. Using the app, a visitor approaching Cooperstown can learn about intriguing MLB landmarks along the way, such as the location of the long-shuttered Ebbets Field where Jackie Robinson made his major league debut on April 15, 1947, as well as the Grand Central Hotel, where the National League was born in 1876. The app also includes road trip capabilities that provide curated baseball-themed road trip routes for users, as well as alerts when a historic baseball location is approaching.
Donny Lowe, the director of digital strategy for the Hall of Fame, told eWEEK that the app was created to whet the appetites of baseball lovers who still haven't made it up to Cooperstown to visit the museum. That's why the app blazes a trail to Cooperstown on its opening screen every time a user opens the app, he said.