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Induction Weekend 2017

Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

The following businesses would like to offer their congratulations to this years inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

To find out who’s signing autographs this weekend check The Freeman’s Journal Souvenir Edition.

At Induction, Lots Of Fun – And Lots Of Security, Too

At Induction, Lots Of Fun

– And Lots Of Security, Too

Oneontans and Cooperstown folks at this year’s Hall of Fame Induction may be interested in knowing what all the police security was about: Find out in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta. Also, see how many of your friends you see on the “Otsego County at Induction” photo page. That’s not all: SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and Director Bill Harman said Otsego Lake’s degredation has been halted. Both newspapers on newsstands now.
INDUCTION IS HERE! But There’s Much More


But There’s Much More

In this week’s “Induction 2017” Special Edition, get an inside look at former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who will be inducted, and Rachel Robinson, widow of the legendary player who broke the MLB color line, who will receive the Buck O’Neil Award, two highlights of the weekend’s activities. But there’s much more: Court papers give an in-depth look at why a retired Otsego County undersheriff took 73 firearms home that should have been destroyed, and why he escaped without jail time. And reporter Libby Cudmore and photographer Ian Austin tour Damaschke Field, learning why Outlaws owner Gary Laing believes the grandstand must. This and much more in Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.




5 Heroes Hailed Under Sunny Skies

The shutters snap as the five latest heroes to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame – it happened this afternoon at the Clark Sports Center fields in Cooperstown – smile for the camera and AN estimated 35,000 fans. It wasn’t as big as some Inductions past, but the weather was great and everyone seemed glad to be here. From left are Bud Selig, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, John Schuerholz, Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell.  As Hall chairman Jane Forbes Clark noted, only one percent of MLB players make it into the Pantheon of Baseball Heroes.  (Ian Austin/


Golden Green

For Today, Green Is Gold

As fans flow into Cooperstown for the 2017  Baseball Hall of Fame Induction, parking comes at a premium with prices ranging from $10 to as high as $50. Here, Amanda Frankle and Todd Ashley, Cooperstown, sit on the lawn of his parent’s house on Chestnut Street, selling lawn parking for the event. (Ian Austin/
Main Street Packed With Cheering Fans


Main Street Packed

With Cheering Fans

The Parade of Legends is becoming a high point of Induction Weekend, and lived up to its growing reputation this evening as two dozen Hall of Famers and the five men who will be inducted tomorrow rode down Main Street, Cooperstown, through throngs of cheering fans to a VIP reception at the Baseball Hall of Fame.  In top photo, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, accompanied by wife Maribel Rivera, waves the Puerto Rican single-star flag, and flag-carrying fans wave back from the sidewalks.  In the second row are, left, Bud Selig and wife Suzanne, and right, John Schuerholz and wife Karen.  Bottom row, left, are Jeff Bagwell and wife Rachel, and right, his wife Shannon, and their twin daughters Ava and Amelia.  The five inductees will received their plaques Sunday; the ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Clark Sports Center fields.  (Jim Kevlin/


For Bringing Integrity, Dignity To Game, Rachel Robinson Cited

For Bringing Integrity, Dignity

To Game, Rachel Robinson Cited

Rachel Robinson expresses her thanks on receiving the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Buck O’Neil Award at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown this afternoon. The widow of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color line, and a philanthropist and ambassador of the game in her own right, was recognized for integrity, dignity and elevating the sport.  O’Neil, who died in 2006, founded the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo., and was part of the movement that led to the inclusion of Negro League players into the Cooperstown Hall.  (Jim Kevlin/


Anticipation Builds Along Main Street


Anticipation Builds

Along Main Street

Art Boden and son Dan were renting parking spaces this morning at The Bank of Cooperstown, which provided the space to raise funds for Friends Helping Friends, an group that grew out of a community effort to raise funds for Art at the height of his fight against cancer two years ago.  Art expected to rent out 30 spaces at $20 apiece each of Induction Weekend’s two days, netting more than $1,000 for the community group.  At left, by 10 a.m. today, folding chairs lined the Main Street route of the Parade of Legends, which steps off at 6 p.m. this evening between the Chestnut Street fire hall at the Hall of Fame.  The 60-some Hall of Famers, including the five soon-to-be Hall of Famers, will be carried along the route in Ford pickups provided by Smith Cooperstown.  (Jim Kevlin/

Rod Carew Shows The Heart of Baseball

Rod Carew Shares

The Heart of Baseball

Hall of Famer Rod Carew, former first baseman for the Minnesota Twins and Anaheim Angels, shows of the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) he had in his body during last year’s Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, having suffered a heart attack in 2015. This year, however, he is back with a new heart, courtesy of former Baltimore Ravens tight end Konrad Reuland. who died of a brain aneurysm on Nov. 28, 2016. Carew, alongside Dr. Merle Myerson, director of Bassett Hospital’s Preventive Cardiology Program, were at the Clark Sports Center this morning to speak about Heart of 29, his educational program about heart health. (Ian Austin/
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