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Friday, April 27, 2007
Updated: April 8, 1:34 PM ET
Baseball Museums: History's Measuring Sticks

By Josh Pahigian
Special to ESPN SportsTravel

• Travel Ten photo gallery: Baseball museums

As baseball fans travel the country visiting the big league and minor league ballparks, their appetite for all things hardball is rarely sated.

Time spent at the parks is magical, but there are still those off-days and rainouts; and there's always time to kill in or between destinations. Rather than wasting this extra time on the road, savvy fans make a point to visit some of the amazing baseball museums the country offers.

Others build cross-country trips to include not only big games but these fine repositories of baseball's saga, which, according to National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum spokesman Brad Horn, have an almost magnetic draw all their own.

"We as a culture are obsessed with past performance. And we look at sports museums as a way to feel good about a moment — the emotional release and the journey back in our minds," Horn said.

"Sports museums are woven into the fabric of our American heritage. Museums offer a perspective on today's sporting stars' accomplishments and historical moments. Case in point: In baseball, the number 755 resonates with the fan.

"What the museum provides is a measuring stick; there is no way to compare how great a performance you're seeing on the field truly is without seeing historical comparison."

Here are 10 places where baseball history comes to life:

• Travel Ten Museums Nos. 1 to 5
• Travel Ten Museums Nos. 6 to 10

Josh Pahigian is the author of several baseball travel guides, including the recently released "Ultimate Minor League Baseball Road Trip."

ESPN SportsTravel senior editor Brett Pauly contributed to this story.

Editor's note: Each photo courtesy of the museum it depicts.