Cooperstown's Baseball App Is Ready for MLB's All-Star Game

 
 
By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2015-07-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Cooperstown's Baseball App Is Ready for MLB's All-Star Game

    By Todd R. Weiss
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    Unveiling the BHOF Beacon App
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    Unveiling the BHOF Beacon App

    Behind this opening screen, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Beacon App is filled with a wide array of historic baseball points of interest, history and fascinating facts and trivia. The 11.7MB download is presently only available for 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.
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    Baseball Destinations, Everywhere You Travel
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    Baseball Destinations, Everywhere You Travel

    Using the app's Interactive Maps page, travelers can see countless icons that highlight places where baseball history was made. In this image, a multitude of possibilities are found in Ohio and New York, and more are added every day.
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    Dig Deeper Into Baseball Historic Sites
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    Dig Deeper Into Baseball Historic Sites

    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. Here, the burial site of former Phillies left-fielder Ed Delahanty is highlighted with an icon southeast of Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Find Out More About the Players
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    Find Out More About the Players

    The About page for each historic site provides more information about its significance and background. Here, the career of former Phillies great and 1945 Hall of Fame inductee Delahanty is detailed, including his stints with the Cleveland Infants and the Washington Senators.
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    Brooklyn and the Dodgers
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    Brooklyn and the Dodgers

    Amid the wide range of sites in the app is the story of the Brooklyn Dodgers and their departure to Los Angeles, which still leaves a hole in the hearts of many Brooklynites. In this app page, visitors can find the location of the former Ebbets Field so they can pay their respects.
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    Dodgers Leave Brooklyn, Say It Ain't So
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    Dodgers Leave Brooklyn, Say It Ain't So

    A deeper dive into the interactive map of Ebbets Field provides details of the last game played at the ballpark, 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.
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    Jim Bunning's Perfect Game for the Phillies
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    Jim Bunning's Perfect Game for the Phillies

    On June 21, 1964, Phillies Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning tossed a perfect game on Father's Day at the former Shea Stadium in Queens, N.Y., which is also included as a historic milepost in the app. Bunning struck out John Stephenson of the Mets; it was the final out in the game.
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    Here's Where Jackie Robinson Stole Home Plate
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    Here's Where Jackie Robinson Stole Home Plate

    On Sept. 28, 1955, Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder and baseball icon Jackie Robinson stole home in Game 1 of the 1955 World Series at the original Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y. The Dodgers ended up losing that game, but they went on to beat the hated Yankees in the Series. The daring steal is captured in the Hall of Fame's Beacon app for users to explore.
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    Take a Road Trip Filled With Baseball History
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    Take a Road Trip Filled With Baseball History

    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.
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    'This Place in Baseball' Tells the Histories of Baseball Landmarks
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    'This Place in Baseball' Tells the Histories of Baseball Landmarks

    Want to know more about a baseball destination? The "This Place in Baseball" tab, as shown here for Cincinnati's former Riverfront Stadium, highlights historic games and moments in a site's past. Just in time for the All-Star Game, Riverfront hosted two All-Star Games in 1970 and 1988, as well as the World Series in 1972 and 1975. Click the event name to get richer details.
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    Keep Your Own Scrapbook of Baseball's Past
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    Keep Your Own Scrapbook of Baseball's Past

    Using the app's My Stats page, users can 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 you can keep a record of what they've seen and experienced.
 

Major League Baseball fans can always carry a grand slam of baseball history with them on their iPhones and iPads using a colorful and detail-filled app from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.  The interactive free iOS app, called BHOF Beacon, was released earlier this year and is constantly being updated with new fascinating and historic baseball sites for travelers. The app employs a user's GPS location to highlight nearby notable destinations for visitors to explore, just in time for the upcoming 2015 All-Star Game and the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Using the app, for example, a visitor approaching Cooperstown can learn about intriguing MLB landmarks along the way, such as the location of the now-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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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