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Chipper Jones, Jim Thome New On Hall 2018 Ballot

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome

New On Hall’s 2018 Ballot

Next, Baseball Writers Will Vote On Choice

COOPERSTOWN – The 2018 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot was released this morning and includes three possible first-ballot electees:

Braves prolific switch-hitting third baseman Chipper Jones, slugger Jim Thome, eighth all-time with 612 home runs, plus Omar Vizquel, the shortstop who played 24 seasons and won 11 Gold Gloves for six teams.

Other leading candidates include Trevor Hoffman, the reliever who holds the National League record with 601 saves, and Vladimir Guerrero, the outfielder who is one of the top Latin-American position players in Major League Baseball history.

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CCS Forward Airlifted From Crash, Recovering

CCS Forward Airlifted

From Crash, Recovering

Julie Ford

COOPERSTOWN – CCS basketball star Julie Ford is recovering at home after she was airlifted to Albany from an accident scene last Friday.

According to Nate Reigel, State Police public information officer, Ford was driving the car southbound on Wiley Town Road around noon when she hit a patch of black ice and slid 100 feet before striking a tree on the northbound shoulder.

Ford was “in and out of consciousness” at the scene, and her sister, Abby, a passenger, called 911, according to a Facebook post made by their mother, Amy Hurtubise Ford.

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OHS Soccer Goes Farthest In Years, But It Ends Today

OHS Soccer Goes Farthest

In Years, But It Ends Today

Oneonta’s Tanner Beang scored the Yellowjackets’ first goal of the day this morning against West Hill in the state quarter-finals in Syracuse. In the end, though, West Hill scored a third goal with two minutes to go and toppled OHS’ best soccer team in a decade, 3-2. It was quite a game, though, with the two teams at 1-1 through most of the first half, and 2-2 for much of the second. Matt Silk scored Oneonta’s second goal. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Bregman Glove, Verlander Jersey Due At Hall of Fame
SERIES ARTIFACTS DONATED

Bregman Glove, Verlander

Jersey Due At Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN – Artifacts from the Houston Astros’ World Series victory are on their way to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Donated after Game 7 Wednesday night in Los Angeles, they include:

  • Glove used by Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who made multiple highlight-reel defensive plays throughout the Series
  • Jersey worn by Astros pitcher Justin Verlander in Game 6
  • Cap worn by Astros pitcher Charlie Morton in Game 7, when he picked up the victory with four innings of relief work to end the game

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Runners Support Young Athletes In Tailgate 5K

Running For Young Athletes

In Sixth Ward Tailgate 5K

From left: Steve Ickler, Franklin, Mark Andrews, Middlefield, Simon Mortimer, Australia, and Julie and Nate Gunlock, Mount Upton, take off with 120 other runners at the second annual Tailgate 5K run this morning at the Sixth Ward Athletic Club. Runners were encouraged to wear a jersey of their favorite football team.  Thomas Slicer, Oneonta, came in first place with a time of 19:06, followed by Simon Mortimer, Australia, and Frank Willsey, Cooperstown. All proceeds from the race go towards funding youth sports and athletics through the Sixth Ward Athletic Club. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Hall Honors Frates For Fight Vs. ALS

DEADLY DISEASE WEEKEND’S FOCUS

Hall Honors Frates

For Fight Vs. ALS

Pete Frates‘ father John and brother Andrew pose with the full Boston College varsity baseball team after receiving mementos from the Baseball Hall of Fame this morning at the beginning of a weekend designed to highlight the fight against ALS. At 12:30 today, Frates family members and author Casey Sherman, who with Pete co-wrote “The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS”, will be autographing books in the HoF’s library atrium. In the past hour, in photo at right, parents John and Nancy Frates, left, Sherman, center, and BC baseball coach Mike Gambino discussed the disease and ice bucket challenge in a panel discussion in the Hall of Plaques, moderated by Bruce Markusen, right. In front are the BC ballplayers, who drove up from Boston today for the occasion. Hall VP Jon Shestakofsky said the Ice Bucket Challenge raised $220 million and underwrote “breakthrough treatments” of the disease. Today’s panel was flanked by posters of Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig – for decades, the disease bore his name – and Catfish Hunter, who suffered from it more recently. (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)

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COOPERTOWN’S VETS BAN NFL GAMES AT POST

FIRST IN THE NATION, PERHAPS

COOPERTOWN’S

VETS BAN NFL

GAMES AT POST

Cooperstown Vets Club Commander John Famulare, left, and past commander Mike Boyson were watching TV at post on 60 Main St. this afternoon – college ball. The NFL has been banned until players stop “taking the knee.” (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Respect Anthem, Letter To

Teams Owners, NFL Advises

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Until the NFL and team owners prevent  players from “taking a knee” during the National Anthem, pro football will not be shown in the Cooperstown Vets Club on Main Street, Commander John Famulare said this afternoon.

The decision was made unanimously, 8-0, when the club’s directors were polled at their latest meeting last Monday.  It may be the first such decision by any post nationwide.

“When they play the National Anthem,” said Famulare, “you better stand up, period.”  He said the ban will remain in place “until the players start acting like men” and show respect for the National Anthem.

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The Sun Always Shines On Race Day

PIT Run 2017

Sun Always Shines

On Race Day

As runners made their way to the starting line, temperatures in the 30s rose and gave way to clear skies and perfect running weather as hundreds took to the streets of Oneonta in the 24th annual PIT run. Above, runners take off down Main Street with SUNY student Austin Carr, Guilford, out in front. He is followed by Devon Iezzoni, Huntington, Michael Savello Jr., King’s Park, Austin Gross, Patchogue, Cameron Hanwright, Center Moriches, Mike Smith, Smithtown, Christopher Johnson, Oneonta, Christian Smith, Oneonta, Michael Muldoon, Mahopac, and Andrew Desousa, Smithtown. At right, Oneonta’s Michael Roda crosses the finish line of the 5K with a first place time of 16:30. (Ian Autin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Friends Helping Friends Benefit Golf Outing Underway

Friends Helping Friends

Golf Benefit Underway

Matt Schuermann, Cooperstown hits a line drive at hole nine as Matt Hazard, Cooperstown, and Mike Perrino, Cooperstown, look on at the third annual Friends Helping Friends benefit golf tournament at Meadow Links Golf Course this morning. The event continues throughout the day and ends this evening with a banquet in honor of recipients Kay Anichini, Alex Reynolds, Amelia Spencer and the late Larry Gallup. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Lumberfest Cuts With The Best

Lumberfest Cuts With Best

Above, Billy Adams, Owego, cuts through a log like butter with his custom-made chainsaw during the Hot Saw Competition at Wightman Lumber in Portlandville this afternoon as part of the 1st annual Lumberfest Lumberjack Festival. At right, professional cooper Bob Allers, Deansboro, demonstrates hoop making for barrels and drinking mugs.  The lumber yard partnered with the New York State Lumberyard Association to put on the event.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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