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Baseball Hall of Fame

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

Tour Old Oneonta Fair Grounds

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WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Wayne Wright, of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, leads a tour of the former grounds of the Oneonta Central Fair (1873-1926). Cost, $3. Meet corner of Belmont Place & Hudson, Oneonta. Call 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

AUTHORS SERIES – 1 p.m. Baseball authors Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith present and discuss their book “A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle.” Followed by a book signing in the Atrium. Included with Museum admission. The Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/node/17195?date=0

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Perfect Weather For HOF Classic Game

Stars Come Out For

 Hall of Fame Classic

Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson and Chairman Jane Forbes Clark, far right, pose for a team photo with Hall of Famers and Major Leaguers who came out to play ball in Doubleday Field for the Hall of Fame Classic game Saturday.  Among them were Rollie Fingers, Eddie Murray, Tim Rains, Ozzie Smith, Ryan Sweeney, Chris Gomez, A.J. Pierzynski, Tim Crabtree, Todd Zeile and more. Between innings fans clamored at the gates around the fields, hoping to get autographs from the star players. At right, Goose Gossage  gives a fist-bump to Russle Slamowitz and his father Adam who traveled from Reno, Nevada, especially for the game. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 25

History Exhibit: State Militia

& National Guard in Oneonta

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EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 2 p.m. “Oneonta’s Own: The State Militia & the National Guard in Oneonta, 1812 – 2003” features Oneonta-related items on loan from NYS Military Museum, & from the collections of GOHS, Hartwick College. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

JURIED ART SHOW – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening reception of the 27th annual regional show, the exhibit “A Singularity of Vision,” by E.A. Pilbeam, and The Leatherstocking Brush & Pallette Club Fine Arts Exhibit. Awards at 6 p.m. Cooperstown Art Association. Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

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Grandstand Theater Grand Re-Opening On Eve of Classic Game

Restored, Grandstand Theater

Re-Opening On Eve of Classic

The newly renovated Grandstand Theater will open on Friday, May 25, ahead of the Hall of Fame Classic game.
Jane Forbes Clark spoke to a packed house at the Grandstand Theater during a talk in January 2016. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – With new surround sound, a state-of-the-art projector and a brand-new film, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater is set for re-opening this weekend as part of the museum’s annual Classic Weekend.

“Baseball fans come to the Hall of Fame looking for that ‘wow’ moment, and the new “Generations of the Game” introductory film, shown in the beautifully renovated and state-of-the-art Grandstand Theater, sets the stage and delivers an emotional foundation for a memorable Museum experience,” said Jeff Idelson,  Hall of Fame president.

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Alice Talbot, 94, Cooperstown; Widow Of Hall Of Fame Director
IN MEMORIAM

Alice Talbot, 94, Cooperstown;

Widow Of Hall Of Fame Director

Alice L. Talbot

COOPERSTOWN – Alice L. Talbot, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully with her family by her side early Thursday morning, May 10, 2018, at The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home.

The widow of Howard C. Talbot, Jr., former director (the title is now president) of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, she was 94.

Born June 11, 1923, in White Plains, Alice Caroline Losee was the eldest child of Edward Samuel Losee and Bertha Weiss Losee.

In her youth she attended East New York School in Brooklyn, near Ebbets Field.  She was first employed as an IBM operator for National City Bank in Brooklyn.

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Chipper Jones Humbled By Hall Visit

Chipper Jones Expresses Awe

He’ll Be Joining Hall Of Famers

Posing with his wife, Taylor, next to the spot where his plaque will be placed on July 29, Chipper Jones was still grasping the idea of calling himself a Hall of Famer as he toured the Plaque Gallery at the Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon. “I don’t feel worthy by any means,” said Jones when asked about being inducted. Jones went on to discuss his experience touring the Hall of Fame. “It’s been a really cool experience so far,” said Jones. “We did the tour in a couple hours, but I could spend a couple weeks here just going through the boxes of artifacts downstairs.” Jones will return to Cooperstown on July 29, for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, where he will be joined by Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Jack Morris, and Alan Trammell to make up the 2018 Induction Class. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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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/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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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/AllOTSEGO.com)

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4 In HoF Class of 2018 BWAA Elects Jones, Thome, Guerrero, Hoffman

4 In HoF Class of 2018

Chipper Jones, Thome, Guerrero, Hoffman

Due In Cooperstown For Induction July 29

COOPERSTOWN – Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman have been announced as the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.

The four will be inducted into the Hall of Plaques in Cooperstown on Sunday, July 29.

ESPN: Baseball Hall Adds 4 New Members

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JAN. 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JAN. 15

Museum Tours For MLK Day

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MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY – Visit www.thekingcenter.org/meaning-king-holiday 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 baseballhall.org/node/15910?date=0

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 www.hartwick.edu/campus-life/intercultural-affairs/

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