MLB's Baseball HistoryComes Alive With Cooperstown's iOS App

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2015-07-12 Print this article Print
Baseball Hall of Fame, iOS apps, Cooperstown, MLB All-Star Game, baseball, Android apps, Cooperstown

The BHOF Beacon, which can be downloaded for free from the Apple App store, was built for the Hall of Fame by brand engagement firm Sullivan. It gives fans a living exhibit of baseball moments and places throughout the country, starting with New York State, right on their mobile devices, anywhere they are located.

The 11.7MB download works on Apple iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices that are running iOS 8.0 or later. It's optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones.

Using the app's Interactive Maps page, travelers can see countless clickable icons that highlight places where baseball history was made. Once a user finds an intriguing destination in the app, clicking on it brings up its name, address, distance and directions on how to get there.

An "About" page for each historic site provides more information about its significance and background, such as details about the career of former Phillies great and 1945 Hall of Fame inductee Ed Delahanty, including his stints with the Cleveland Infants and the Washington Senators. Another icon points the way to Delahanty's burial site southeast of Cleveland.

A location icon in Brooklyn, N.Y., points the way to the story of the Brooklyn Dodgers and their departure to Los Angeles, which still leaves a hole in the hearts of many Brooklynites. The icon shows visitors the location of the former Ebbets Field so they can pay their respects. Also shown is an icon that leads to the story of the last game played at Ebbets Field, when the Dodgers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Sept. 24, 1957. The game included a home run from the Dodgers' Duke Snider, who was known as the "Duke of Flatbush."

Also highlighted in the app is an icon that brings back the glory of June 21, 1964, when Phillies Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning tossed a perfect game on Father's Day at the former Shea Stadium in Queens, N.Y. Bunning struck out John Stephenson of the Mets to earn the final out in the game.

The app also includes a special Road Trips feature that offers curated, guided road trips where baseball lovers can see and experience the sites of past baseball history. The page also suggests historic sites to visit as users plan out their own routes for baseball road trips.

"This Place in Baseball" tabs found throughout the app highlight historic games and moments in a site's past, bringing life to stadiums, buildings and other locations. Click the event name to get richer details as you peruse the app.

App users can also keep their own records of their adventures with the app using its My Stats page. The page allows users to keep a detailed log of every historic baseball site they have explored with the app. The page lets users check in at the sites they visit and tracks their road trips so they can keep a record of what they've seen and experienced.


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