INDUCTION 2017 SLIDE SHOW
Firefighters from all over Otsego County helped with the logistics of today’s event, including this foursome from Laurens. In front, Lt. Dana Weygand, left, a former fire chief there, and Ken Gracey; back, Cheryl Vandenburg and Steve Weygand, (the two are engaged to marry.) (AllOTSEGO.com photos by Ian Austin and Jim Kevlin)
Katie Franck puts some showmanship into attracting fans seeking parking to her family’s lawn on upper Main Street this morning.
The Induction crowd is reflected in Hall of Famer George Brett’s aviator glasses. That’s Brooks Robinson being introduced in the left lens.
Milleta Oldick of Van Hornesville hits the high note – “…the land of the FREE!!!, and the home of the brave” – as she performs the National Anthem.
After the Inductees, Katie Morris of Cooperstown was one of the most welcome sights, handing out bottles of ice cold water to the seated audience.
Claire Smith, right, the Spink Award winner as the first women sports writer to cover Major League Baseball, right, and Kathleen Lowenthal, who accepted the Frick Award for broadcasting on behalf her stepfather, the late Bill King, are recognized on the Induction stage. Rachel Robinson, 95, who was able to accept the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award yesterday at ceremonies at Doubleday Field, was unable to stay through today.
Heeee’s back! As is his habit, Native Son and Cooperstown stalwart Paul Clark, now living in Syracuse, was back for the annual event.
Mayor Jeff Katz was carrying the flag for the Village of Cooperstown, with his youngest son Joey.
Homer Osterhoudt was in attendance, as he’s been for 70 of the 73 Inductions since 1939. With him are son Daryl and daughter-in-law Priscilla.
This smiling trio includes Hall chairman Jane Forbes Clark and Hall president Jeff Idelson, flanking Inductee Pudge Rodriguez.
Ceremony over, fans head back into the Village of Cooperstown before heading home to towns and cities across the U.S.
Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
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To find out who’s signing autographs this weekend check The Freeman’s Journal Souvenir Edition.
Mary Drago, ’73, gives a hug to friend Randy Lewis, ’82, as they look out over the 611 OHS Alumni who enjoyed dinner and reminiscing at the Asa C. Allison Building on Friday night. The event kicked off a weekend of events including today’s inductions into the OHS Wall of Distinction and the Athletic Hall of Fame at 10 a.m. at Belden Auditorium, followed by an alumni luncheon at 11:30 in the cafeteria. At 1:30 p.m., the OHS Yellowjackets will face off against Dryden in the Homecoming game followed by an Alumni Soccer game at the the OHS Baseball Field at 4. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)