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Jackie Robinson’s Widow Wins 4th O’Neil Award For Character

Jackie Robinson’s Widow Wins

4th O’Neil Award For Character

Rachel Robinson

COOPERSTOWN – The Baseball Hall of Fame board of directors today announced it has selected Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s widow, as the 2017 recipient of the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.

She becomes the fourth winner of the Buck O’Neil Award, established in 2007 to honor an individual whose efforts broadened the game’s appeal and whose character, integrity and dignity is comparable to the late O’Neil, who passed away in 2006 after eight decades of contributions to the game.

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Cooperstown Tennis Team Claims Section III Crown

Cooperstown Tennis Team

Claims Section III Crown

Coach Dave Bertram, left, poses with his Cooperstown Central Tennis Team after the boys won the NYSPHSAA Section III title yesterday at SUNY Cortland.  Tyler Bertram and Pierce Snyder won the first doubles.  Will Weldon took first singles.  John Kelley who won at second singles. Delaney Holohan and Reed Porter took second doubles and Noah Lifgren took second in third singles.  From left are D. Tyler, Kelley, Holohan, T. Bertram, Snyder, Lifgren, Weldon and Porter.   The team heads to state qualifiers on Tuesday at SUNY Cortland.    (Jeanette Weldon photo)
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Cycles of Generosity

Cycles of Generosity

Cyclists Donate Winnings To Girls On The Run
Members of the CNYC/NYCM Insurance Bicycle team Marc Kingsley, center, and Taylor Brose, left, present Jill Feury, Council Director with Girls On The Run with a donation of $250 the team won from a first place finish in the Cazenovia Hill Bender last Saturday. The program, which encompass five counties, is a 10 week after school program that helps girls in third to eighth grade build self esteem and with the goal of running a 5K race. “A lot of girls would be unable to participate if it wasn’t for donations like this to help subsidize costs,” said Feury. “It’s a really great cause,” said Kingsley. “We are glad to support an event like this that gets girls outside and builds confidence.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Beloved ‘Doc’ Knapp Dies, Oneonta Little League’s Hero
IN MEMORIAM

Beloved ‘Doc’ Knapp Dies,

Oneonta Little League’s Hero

The legendary “Doc” Knapp waves to wellwishers lining Oneonta’s River Street during the 2013 Opening Day Parade. He was riding in Graig Eichler’s red convertible, with Eichler’s daughter Ava in the back seat. (AllOTSEGO.com file photos)

Editor’s Note:  It is with sadness we learned that “Doc” Knapp, 90, one of a kind, a civic leader and hero of generations of Oneonta Little Leaguers, passed away today at Fox Hospital.  His official obituary is being prepared by the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home – and, when ready, will be printed here – but this profile from 2010 captures Doc, the man, and his enduring legacy to the community.

By JIM KEVLIN • Reprinted from Hometown Oneonta, May 7, 2010

This photo was taken on Opening Day, 2010, at “Doc” Knapp Field, when this article was written. Doc was 83 at the time.

ONEONTA – The history of Oneonta Little League resides in one man, Oren “Doc” Knapp, (who’s also a pretty good golfer.)

So he knew of what he spoke when, after opening ceremonies Saturday, May 1, at, yes, Doc Knapp Field, at the end of Park Avenue, he said: “Oneonta has been very supportive of Little League. I’m very grateful to Oneonta for that.”

Yes, he ought to know.

When New York Telephone transferred him here from Stamford in 1952, he brought two young sons, Gary and John, with him, and was immediately absorbed into the fledgling Little League organization.

Bob Dwyer had been local League president since it was founding in 1948 at a meeting in the old Oneonta Hotel (Dick Fowler and Ken Chase were among those attending) and he was tired.

Doc, a baseball enthusiast since his boyhood on a Franklin farm, had looked forward to managing a team, but soon found himself drafted as Dwyer’s successor instead.

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13 Teams Run, Jump, Throw Discus At Don Howard Meet

13 Teams Run, Jump, Throw

Discus At Don Howard Meet


OHS’ Jon Miller, top, gets a congratulatory hug from mom Jean after breezing through the 2-mile (3200 meter) event in 10:33 at this afternoon’s Don Howard Track & Field Invitational Meet, which brought teams from 13 schools – from Delaware Academy To GMU – to the Cooperstown Central campus. Winds gusted, but the rains held off; the event is just finishing up now. At right, CCS Hawkeye standout Isaiah Johnson takes to the air for his team. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneonta Little Leaguers Honor Rich, Pat Murphy

 Oneonta Little Leaguers

Honor Rich, Pat Murphy

Up Country Photo Little League team members – from left, Logan Tamming, Alex Casola, Nikola Buzzy, Caelen Legg, Matthew Layman, Ethan Tamming and Leylani Wiltshire cheer and chant their way into the Doc Knapp Little League Field this morning in Oneonta’s Sixth Ward after marching down River Street to opening day ceremonies.  There, the recently completed Richard Murphy Little League Field was rededicated in honor of Murphy and his wife, Pat, who coached and volunteered with the league for 28 years.  “He loved the game,” said the wife. “For him it was simple:  Teach the rules, develop a love for (baseball) and have fun doing it.” She repeated his coaching mantra, “See the ball; be the ball.”   Murphy, a retired educator who also represented the Town of Oneonta on the county Board of Representatives, passed away last August after a long battle with cancer.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Tribe Yoga Opens In Scarzafava Sol Center

Tribe Yoga Opens In Oneonta

Instructors Sonia Shultis and Victoria Tarbell demonstrate flexibility and control at the grand opening of Tribe Yoga studio at the Scarzafava Sol Center on Dietz Street, Oneonta. Katie Lishanski and Beth Ann Hughes, rear, are also instructors at the studio, which hosted an open house this evening with class sign ups and food from Sunrise Catering. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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BUD SELIG AWED AS HALL BECKONS

Commissioner At 22 Main Today

BUD SELIG AWED 

AS HALL BECKONS

A few minutes ago, Bud Selig, the former MLB commissioner, signs the base where his plaque will be mounted the evening of Sunday, July 30, after he joins players Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Pudge Rodriguez, and fellow executive John Schuerholz in the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2017 Induction that afternoon at the Clark Sports Center fields. As commissioner, Selig had been on the Induction rostrum for 17 years (1998-2015), but confessed he was awed during today’s orientation at the thought of joining baseball’s immortals in the Hall of Plaques. Making a point of stopping at Hank Aaron’s plaque, he recalled that weekend in 1981 when inductees were to be announced. Aaron kept calling Selig’s office: “‘Have you heard?’ ‘Have you heard?’ So when we heard, he was the first one we called,” said the former commissioner recalled. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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YMCA Sparklers Dazzle At Gymnastics Competition

YMCA Sparklers Dazzle

At Gymnastics Competition

Lily Stalter, member of the Oneonta Family YMCA Sparklers gymnastics team, preforms her routine on the beam for in front of her team, coaches and judges this morning at the New York State YMCA Gymnastics Championships at the SUNY Alumni Field House. The competition continues through the day as well at Sunday. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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To Benefit Animal Shelter, 400 Run Fly Creek Roads

To Benefit Animal Shelter,

400 Run Fly Creek Roads

Part of the Ainsley’s Angels of America Oneonta chapter, top photo, Kaitlyn Watson pushes brother Connor at the start of the 5K piece of this morning’s Cider Run, underway at this hour in the roadways around the Fly Creek Cider Mill. With her is the dad of the Oneonta family, Rodney, left. The event is a benefit for the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, and director Stacie Haynes must be pretty convincing: She convinced Darren Marriott, Springfield Center, lower left, to dress in a dog costume as the event’s mascot. Liam Mott, 2, of Westford, lower right, decided to ride his vehicle in the foot-powered competition. Haynes said about 400 runners registered for the 5K and 10K event, not a record but pretty good, and she expects about $10,000 will be raised for the countywide shelter. (Jim Kevliin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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