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Baseball Hall of Fame

Trammell Tours Hall Ahead Of July Induction

Alan Trammell Undergoes

Hall Of Fame Orientation

Detroit Tigers Shortstop Alan Trammell, a six-time all-star, four-time Golden Glove winner, three-time Silver Slugger, and 1984 World Series MVP, signs the spot where his plaque will be placed after his July 29 induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, where he went through his pre-induction orientation today.   “For an individual accomplishment, it really doesn’t get much better than this,” said Trammell. “I’m a proud, proud person, and I’m very honored to go in wearing the old english ‘D’.”  Trammell, who spent his entire career playing for Detroit, will be pictured wearing the Tigers cap on his Hall of Fame Plaque.  (Parker Fish/


Baseball Activist Speaks In Cooperstown

Help Right Wrong, Author

Urges SABR At HoF Meeting

Speaking to the Cliff Kachline chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) at the Hall of Fame today, Doug  Gladstone, author of “A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB & The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve,” detailed how hundred of retirees failed to gain Players Association pensions.  Players who retired before 1980 earn only $625 per quarter for every 43 roster days in the Major League, he said. Gladstone encouraged society members, who include Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, to reach out and urge the Players Association to right a wrong.  “If they awarded $10,000 per year to the 645 living players, it would cost the Players Association about $6.5 million,” said Gladstone. “I’ve been called an agitator, but this country was founded on agitators. You can call me any name in the book, but no one has ever called me wrong.”  (Parker Fish/


Museum Tours For MLK Day


MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY – Visit to learn more.

CELEBRATION – 9 a.m. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the museum. Features guided tours, opportunity to learn about Jackie Robinson & Roberto Clemente. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit

FILM & DISCUSSION – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Showing civil rights film “Martin Luther King, I Have A Dream,” with Harry Bradshaw Matthews as facilitator. Location TBA. Call 607-431-4428 or visit

Hall of Fame Veteran Says Goodbye

Hall Of Fame Veteran

Retires After 22 Years

Howie Wrench of Cooperstown shares a laugh with Stephanie Hazzard this morning at a retirement reception in his honor after a 22-year career at the Hall of Fame. Wrench has worked in multiple Hall department over more than two decades, and by one estimate has greeted millions of baseball fans as they entered 25 Main. “I’ll be enhancing my culinary skills,” said Wrench when asked about what he is going to do next. (Parker Fish/
Costas Wins Frick Award For Broadcast Excellence

Costas Wins Frick Award

For Broadcast Excellence

Bob Costas

COOPERSTOWN – Bob Costas, a star of NBC Sports since the early 1960s and a presence at Hall of Fame Inductions for decades, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Hall’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.

 Costas will be recognized during the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 28, as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2018. Costas becomes the 42nd winner of the Frick Award, as he earned the highest point total in a vote conducted by the Hall of Fame’s 15-member Frick Award Committee.

Bregman Glove, Verlander Jersey Due At Hall of Fame

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


Happy Halloween!!!

14-19eventspageTRICK OR TREAT – 3 p.m. Kids can trick-or-treat at Main Street, Oneonta. Visit

PARADE: 5 p.m. Cooperstown Halloween Parade. Cooper Park. Visit!event/2017/10/31/annual-halloween-parade

PARADE: 7 p.m. Oneonta Halloween Parade. Line up on Elm St. 6:15 p.m. Costume contest judging at 6:45 p.m. Main Street, Oneonta. Visit


Day Of The Dead In The Library


LATINO HERITAGE – Noon-2 p.m. Celebrate Day of the Dead. Activities include games, sharing of stories and Mexican Cultural Traditions, coloring sugar skulls, building colorful displays to honor important people in your life. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit

ADOPTOBERFEST!!! – Noon-4 p.m. Celebrate Halloween with a pumpkin painting contest, children’s costume contest, face painting, shelter tour, more. Susquehanna Animal Shelter, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8111 or visit


Dog Walk At Doubleday


DOG WALK – 9 a.m. Animal lovers are invited for a walk around Doubleday Field and Cooperstown to support the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Features music, activities, adoptable animals. Walk around Cooperstown leaves 10 a.m. Pre-registration preferred. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8111 or visit

ONEONTA DEVELOPMENT – 1 p.m. GOHS presents the Albert E. Morris award to Kitchen Table Conversations for their work preserving Oneonta oral histories. Followed by discussion of past/present economic development. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0960 or visit

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