HOLIDAY TRADITION STRONG
Hawkeye Boys, Girls Win
At Dick White Tournament
By EMILY MURPHY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown Hawkeye boys’ and girls’ teams emerged victorious last evening as the Dick White Tournament, an annual Christmas vacation highlight reached its conclusion.
The boys beat the Cobleskill Richmondville Bulldogs 74-62 in the tournament finals; the Lady Hawkeyes beat the Sidney Lady Warriors 62-32. The Hawkeyes’ high scorers were Megan Perrino with 16, and Jack Lambert with 23.
The boys started the night weak but as the game progressed, they definitely made up for it. The boys had done well so far in the annual Dick White Holiday Tournament and finished well also.
COOPERSTOWN – Claire Smith, the first female to cover a Major League Baseball beat extensively and as an influential voice among African-American writers, was elected the 2017 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, it was announced today.
She will be honored with the award presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during the Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend July 28-31.
Smith received 272 votes from the 449 ballots, including three blanks, cast by BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years’ service in becoming the 68th – and first female – winner of the award since its inception in 1962.
COOPERSTOWN – Bud Selig, “the folksy former commissioner of Major League Baseball who presided over an unprecedented period of expansion, innovation and turmoil in the sport,” was elected to the Hall of Fame on Sunday by the hall’s restructured veterans committee, the New York Times is reporting this morning.
So was John Schuerholz, the World Series-winning general manager with the Atlanta Braves and the Kansas City Royals.
COOPERSTOWN – The Red Sox’ Manny Ramirez is among four new contenders among 19 candidates on the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 400 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Outfielder Ramirez is joined by catcher Iván Rodríguez, outfielder Vladimir Guerrero and shortstop Edgar Rentería on the newcomers’ list, joining 15 holdovers from the 2016 balloting in which center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. and catcher Mike Piazza were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
How successful they are remains to be seen, with the Chicago Tribune immediately labeling Ramirez and Rodriguez “steroids-tainted stars.” The BWWAA has so far been reluctant to vote in anyone touched by PED scandals.
DEDICATION MONDAY AT BINDER
ONEONTA – Hartwick College will dedicate the new men’s locker room complex at the Binder Phys-Ed Center at 6 p.m. Monday in honor of Richard P. Miller, former Oneonta mayor and college president.
A 5:30 reception will precede the dedication; tours of the Dick Miller Locker Room Complex will follow.
The refurbished complex on the Binder’s third floor includes brand new lockers, showers and shower partitions, lights and light fixtures, paint, wall tile, and a 10-by-25-foot wall mural highlighting Hartwick men’s athletics.
A team from Erlich Pest Control, Buffalo, is installing netting under the rafters at the Doubleday Field grandstand today, a $20,000 project that has been under discussion for years to prevent pigeon droppings from falling on fans in the seats below. The Erlich team – Tim Hartnett, Jason Franklin and Alfonso Strickland – just completed a grandstand at Colgate University last week, and Franklin said there’s considerable demand for this service. Mayor Jeff Katz said he has often received complaints from fans, but that in season the stands can be cleared in the morning and be messy again by noon. “Taking care of that bird problem adds to the joy of being there,” he said. Doubleday Field Manager Quinton Hasak said cleaning the droppings was a particularly messy job, requiring ice scrapers to remove the detritus. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)