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.
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.
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