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December 31, 2012
While visiting relatives on a holiday week trip to upstate New York, I spent Friday afternoon at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. There's a different mood touring the museum during the off-season. Two months past the the World Series, two months before the first exhibition games of '13, and with a few inches of fresh fallen snow, it was great to be surrounded by the game's heroes and history. It's the mid-point of the off-season, yet the power of baseball is never far away.
The Boys of Winter: below, a sculpture on the Museum's back lawn depicts Johnny Podres and Roy Campanella; the final pitch of the 1955 World Series and greatest moment in Brooklyn baseball history. It takes on a different dynamic when covered with a fresh coating of snow.