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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 26

9th Annual Hall Of Fame Classic

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HOF CLASSIC – Noon. Get hyped for the game with the Home Run Contest then enjoy the 9th Hall of Fame Classic Game. First pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events/classic-18?date=0

LIVE AUCTION – 3 p.m. Find beautifully painted tables, chairs, and paddles for auction. General Clinton Park, 2507 Hinkley Ln., Bainbridge. Call 914-262-3216 or visit www.jerichoarts.com

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Thome Holds Back Tears While Visiting Hall Of Fame

Thome Holds Back Tears

While Visiting Hall Of Fame

Stopping to admire the plaque of Babe Ruth, 2018 Hall of Famer Jim Thome reflected on the elite brotherhood of players that he will be joining in July. Thome wiped away tears as he talked with media about the honor of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

“Sorry I’m at a loss for words,” said 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Jim Thome as he addressed the media. “I’m just really enjoying all of this.” Thome was at the Hall of Fame for his orientation ahead of his induction to the Hall on July, 29. As he walked through the hallowed plaque gallery, Thome held back tears as he observed the plaques of the players honored before him.

“To just share this moment with everyone here is just an honor,” said Thome. The 22-year MLB veteran hit 612 home runs over the course of his career, earning him an 8th place spot on the all time home run list. When asked about his induction speech, Thome said he’s already begun working on it. “I’m in the process of jotting things down and putting them together right now.”

Thome joins Vladimir Guerrero, Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, Jack Morris, and Alan Trammell to make up the 2018 Hall of Fame induction class, and will officially be inducted on July, 29, 2018.

 

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEB.12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEB.12

Trends In The Workforce

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WORKFORCE SEMINAR – 8:30 a.m. Melinda Mack, Executive Director of the NY Association of Training & Employment Professionals, will speak on trends in employment and workforce development. Cost, $10, continental breakfast included. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9983 or visit otsegocc.com

MINDFULNESS – 6-7 p.m. Come prepared to discuss “Peace Is Every Step” by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The Green Toad Bookstore, 198 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-433-8898 or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/

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Leatherstocking Corp. Team Signals End To General Store

Leatherstocking Corp. Team

Signals End To General Store

Lyman Townsend, left, the Leatherstocking Corp.’s director of maintenance, directs the removal of the former Cooperstown General Store sign from the front of 32 Main St., at the end of last week, in a photo submitted over the weekend. Nothing has been announced on the future of the building, which is attached to the Hall of Fame.
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Hall Of Fame Honors Black Inductees On MLK Day

Black Inductees Honored

By Hall On MLK Jr. Day

Standing next to a statue of Buck O’Neil, Cooperstown resident John Rankin explains why O’Neil was an important figure in baseball:  Hel was a star first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues, and eventually went on to become the first African-American coach in Major League Baseball. After his death in 2006, The Hall Of Fame created the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award to honor those that have made a significant impact on the game. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Joe Hughes Honored as OHS Alumni of the Year

Reunion Weekend ’17

Joe Hughes Honored

As OHS Alumnus Of ’17

Joe Hughes, ’76, Oneonta High School athletic director and Oneonta Outlaws manager, basks in the crowd’s applause as he is recognized as the OHS Alumnus of the Year  at the 2017 Wall of Fame & Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Belden Auditorium this morning. Wall of Fame inductees were Milton Collins, ’51, Dr. Charles Mitchell, ’47, Eric Spaziani, ’74, Edward Syron, ’67, and Michael Zagata, ’60. The Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were Kim Kurkowski Huffman, ’80, William Elwood IV, ’98, Stephen Downey, ’87, Thomas Duffy, and the 1999 OHS Boys Soccer Team. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Fans Heard Take Me Out  To Ballgame, With A Twist

Fans Heard Take Me Out 

To Ballgame, With A Twist

Expecting baseball, fans entering and exiting the Hall of Fame a few minutes ago may have been surprised to hear classical music as well. Shortly after 3 p.m., Time for Three – a trio that includes violinist Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violinist Charles Yang, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer – performed a 10-minute “flash concert” in advance of their concert at 7:30 that evening in The Otesaga’s Ballroom, sponsored by Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. For tickets, click here.  Standing at left, the Hall’s Shirley Tyler snaps a photo while, at right, Summer Music fest publicists Zach Rhodes of Milford and Sandy Peevers of Cooperstown record the happening.  The trio also did an interpretation of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” for listening fans.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 30

Inductions At The Sports Center

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HOF INDUCTION – 1:30 p.m. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. baseballhall.org/events/Induction-Ceremony-17?date=0

CONCERT – 3 p.m. Redeeming Love performs abolitionist and shape notes songs, , coinciding with Oneonta’s Music History exhibition. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Call (607)432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 26

Baseball Authors

At Hall Of Fame

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BASEBALL AUTHOR – 1 p.m. Bernie Carbo and Peter Hantzis, authors of “Saving Bernie Carbo,” comes to the Baseball Hall of Fame to discuss the book and take questions from the audience, followed by a book signing in the atrium. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame. baseballhall.org/events/author-series-bernie-carbo-peter-hantzis?date=0

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP – 1-3 p.m. Try a new activity in a small group setting with a knowledgeable instructor. This week its Metal Detecting on the grounds of the museum with Alex & Michelle Osterhout and Christ & Kim Altman. Reservations required. The Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wicox ave., Oneonta. Call (607)287-7011 or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/wednesday-workshops-2017/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

Baseball Author

John Carvalho Q&A

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BASEBALL AUTHOR – 1 p.m. John Carvalho, author of “Frick: Baseball’s Third Commissioner,” comes to the Baseball Hall of Fame to discuss the book and take questions from the audience, followed by a book signing. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame. Info, baseballhall.org/events/author-series-john-carvalho

FLAG BURNING – 6 p.m. This Flag Day, the American Legion and the local Boy Scouts host an American Flag Burning Ceremony to respectfully dispose of damaged American Flags. The Soldiers’ Monument, Commercial St., Gilbertsville. E-mail Roberta Halbert berth@frontiernet.net or call (607)783-2691

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