Wrigleyville Sports, Chicago
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Like baseball teams, not all fan shops are created equally. Here are three spots you shouldn't miss.

Mitchell & Ness, Philadelphia
The folks responsible for the “throwback” craze may have started as a tennis and golf outfitter, but they hit their stride on the base paths. Old-school hats, jackets and jerseys line the brick walls of the vintage-sports-apparel company’s flagship store in Center City. There’s also an assortment of Phillies memorabilia on display, including game-worn helmets and seats from the old Veterans Stadium.
www.mitchellandness.com

Mickey's Place; Cooperstown, N.Y.
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Mickey’s Place; Cooperstown, N.Y.
There’s no shortage of places for fans to snag cards, memorabilia and other gear in Coop­erstown, the upstate New York village that’s home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Named for N.Y. Yankees legend Mickey Mantle, Mickey’s Place offers a selection of 500-plus fitted caps ranging from the big leagues to more obscure minor, Negro and Caribbean League teams.
www.mickeysplace.com

Wrigleyville Sports, Chicago
You don’t have to be a Cubs fan to fully enjoy this outpost just a few paces from the “Sweet Swinging” Billy Williams statue that welcomes fans to Wrigley Field. Hats, shirts, jerseys, bobbleheads — anything a fan needs can be found here. And that’s not even mentioning the impeccable people-watching that comes with a stroll down the store’s foam-finger-lined aisles just before first pitch. www.wrigleyvillesports.com