If you’re stuck at home right now, the Baseball Hall of Fame is offering lots of great free content for all ages on their website.
If you’re a baseball fan who’s stuck at home right now with no live action to watch, there’s still quite a bit to do. There are some great books to read. The Ken Burns Baseball series is available for free through PBS. MLB.TV is also making all games from the past two years available for free. Even the National Baseball Hall of Fame is opening its doors digitally.
Another great option would be to check out the “Safe at Home” page of the Hall of Fame’s website. According to the page, “For centuries, baseball has been a source of solace during some of the world’s most trying times. And now, the National Pastime is with us to help once again.”
The page is offering up lots of great free content for baseball fans, including:
- Digital Collection: This section features tons of photographs of Hall of Famers in action, along with lots of historical artifacts from the museum’s collection. Special collections include one on the Negro Leagues and another on Women in Baseball. The Oral Histories section features many audio clips of interviews with famous people throughout the game’s history.
- YouTube Channel: There’s a link to the Hall of Fame’s YouTube channel, which features highlight clips and interviews of many Hall of Fame players.
- Online Exhibits: There are several exhibits currently featured. I’ve always been a fan of studying baseball uniforms, and I found their exhibit “Dressed to the Nines” showing pictures of team uniforms throughout the years to be of particular interest. Be sure to check out the Google Arts and Culture link towards the bottom; as a history fan, I found the “Presidential Pastime” exhibit, looking at the history of the American Presidency and baseball, also to be of particular interest.
- Education Curriculum: If you’re worried about your child missing out while they’re not in school, this section will be particularly useful. There are many lesson plans to help kids learn about several different topics through the game of baseball: Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, The Arts, and Character Education. Of particular relevance now, during Women’s History Month, is the “Women’s History: Dirt on Their Skirts” section, looking at the history of women and our national pastime through several lessons for a few different age groups.
If you’re a fan of baseball history or of the game in general, there’s a good chance you’ll find lots of great activities on this webpage. Hopefully, these options can get fans through these trying times, until live action is back once again.