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Main Street Packed With Cheering Fans

INDUCTION WEEKEND 2017

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/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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For Bringing Integrity, Dignity To Game, Rachel Robinson Cited
INDUCTION WEEKEND 2017

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/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Rod Carew Shows The Heart of Baseball
INDUCTION WEEKEND 2017

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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Autograph Seekers Find Stars On Links

INDUCTION WEEKEND 2017

Autograph Seekers

Find Stars On Links

Fans clamor for autographs from Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, who will be inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame, as he pauses this morning during a round of golf at The Otesaga’s Leatherstocking Golf Course. Main Street was closed to traffic this morning as an anticipated 35,000 fans descend on Cooperstown. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Bikers Enjoy Lasagna Courtesy Of Milford Methodists

Bikers Enjoy Lasagna Dinner

Courtesy Of Milford Methodists

Pennsylvania Perimeter Riders arrived safe and sound this evening after riding 107 miles from Glens Falls to Milford, where, after a quick stop at Ommegang, they were fed a hot meal of lasagna, salad, sandwiches and dessert by Milford United Methodist Church at the Milford Community Center.  Above, Sonja McCann, Schenevus, brings a tray of sandwiches for riders Mark Taylor and Nate Amate, who were taking a rest at the end of Day Three of  their six-day journey. Since the bi-annual ride began in 1981, participants have raised over $1.5 million for the American Cancer Society. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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INDUCTION IS HERE! But There’s Much More

INDUCTION IS HERE!

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.
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City To Seek Demolition For Damaschke Grandstand
80-YEAR-STRUCTURE CLOSED

Damaschke Grandstand

Heading For Demolition

Common Council last evening approved an application for funding to demolish the 80-year-old Damaschke Field grandstand.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta Outlaws owner Gary Laing has been concerned for a few years about the safety of seating in the grandstand.

ONEONTA – With Damaschke Field’s box seats condemned and its supports rusting, Common Council voted tonight to apply for a grant to demolish the 80-year-old city landmark.

“It’s a touchy thing, but the building is old and it needs to come down,” said Gary Laing, Oneonta Outlaws owner. “We’ve been talking about it for a few years now, but it’s reached a critical stage.”

“It’s beyond repair,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “It needs to be completely replaced.”

The grandstand was built in 1939 and seats 500. Earlier this season, the entire set of top boxes was condemned by the city. “That’s when it really came to the forefront,” said Laing. “It’s decrepit.”

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Skating Fans Pack Fenimore Symposium

Skating Fans Pack

Fenimore Symposium

Celebrated figure skating Olympians Jojo Starbuck, Dorothy Hamil and Dick Button, seen above with Todd Kenyon, Cooperstown,  shared their stories from the figure skating world in front of a packed house this afternoon at the Fenimore On Ice Symposium. The two-hour panel, featured clips of performances, commentary, and even Hamil’s ‘Short and Sassy’ conditioner commercial. Right, professional skating pair Erika Choi Smith and AJ Reiss  preform Tableaux Vivant on Glice in the Louis C. Jones Center at the Fenimore Art Museum thanks to a synthetic ice rink made of Glice. (Ian Austin/AllOTSGO.com)

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Craig Buckbee Gives Talk To Trouts Unlimited

Craig Buckbee Gives Talk

To Trouts Unlimited

Above, Guest speaker Craig Buckbee, Burlington Flatts, international fly fisherman, gives a talk on Spey casting techniques to fellow Trouts Unlimited members Barbara Loeffer, Davenport, Mike Empey, Davenport, and Matt Tavross, Milford, and Dave plumber, Oneonta, this evening at Fortin Park where the Charlotte Creek meets the Susquehanna River.  Buckbee brought a selection of rods which he used to illustrate how to cast and recover the line with minimal effort by using ‘the snake’ and ‘D’ method of recovering and re-directing a line with minimal effort and water disruption. Right, Craig Buckbee in action, demonstrating the ‘D Spey’ cast, as it forms the shape of a ‘D’. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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