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Rivera Only Inductee To Win 100% Backing

Big Yankee, Plus Halladay, 2 More

Could Draw Biggest Crowd, Katz Says

Rivera Only Inductee

To Win 100% Backing


COOPERSTOWN  – Jeff Katz thinks that this will be a record-breaking year in Cooperstown.“With Mariano Rivera getting in, I think it’s very likely we’ll break the all-time attendance record,” he said.

Rivera, a career Yankees pitcher, was the first to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame unanimously by the 425 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

“A high-profile Yankee is always big, and he’s the first guy from that great team to get in. I think it will be a big tip-off from what we can expect for Derek Jeter in 2020,” Katz said.

Mariano Rivera Joins HoF-Contender Ballot Mailed Out This Week

Mariano Rivera Joins

HoF-Contender Ballot

Mailed Out This Week

Mariano Rivera

COOPERSTOWN – The Baseball Hall of Fame’s ballot for next year’s Induction is being mailed this week to the 400 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. It includes pitcher Mariano Rivera among 20 new candidates.

Others include pitchers Roy Halladay and Andy Pettitte; infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young, Miguel Tejada and Plácido Polanco; and outfielder Juan Pierre will join 15 holdovers from the 2018 balloting

Candidates must be named on 75 percent of ballots cast by selected BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of MLB coverage to gain election.

Edgar Martinez Honored To Be Inducted With Rivera


Edgar Martinez Honored

To Be Inducted With Rivera

Surrounded by a phalanx of TV cameras in the Hall of Plaques (and with Babe Ruth, inset, peeking over his shoulder), Edgar Martinez said he’s proud of the shared heritage he and Yankee superstar Mariano Rivera will bring to the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on July 21. He diplomatically side-stepped one reporter’s observation that Martinez batted 572 when facing Rivera on the mound. Martinez, who played 17 years with the Seattle Mariners, is in Cooperstown today going through his pre-Induction orientation at 25 Main St. He was a seven-time MLB All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger, and two-time batting champion. (Jim Kevlin/

Mariano Rivera Honors Rod Carew During Hall Of Fame Tour

Rivera Honors Rod Carew

During Hall Of Fame Tour

Standing in front of Minnesota Twins infielder Rod Carew’s plaque, Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera reflected on the legacy of the first Panamanian elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him,” he said.  “He made it possible for me to follow him.” Rivera, the first player elected to the Hall of Fame with 100 percent of the votes on the ballot, toured the Hall this morning as part of his pre-induction initiation, signing the spot where his plaque will be hung during the July 21 induction and posing with a fan, at right. “If you told me when I got on a plane to the United States at age 20 to play baseball, that after playing 19 years I would be sitting here, I wouldn’t have believed you,” he said. “It’s freezing outside, but being here warms my heart.” (Patrick Wager,


Felicitas Rivera, 81; Retired Near Family In Schenevus

IN MEMORIAM: Felicitas Rivera, 81;

Retired Near Family In Schenevus

Felicitas Rivera

SCHENEVUS – Felicita Rivera, 81, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at Albany Medical Center.  She retired to Schenevus 15 years ago, near her daughter Dinah and son Barry.She was born on May 2, 1935 in Humacao, Puerto Rico; the daughter of Aureo and Petra (Sanchez) Jimenez.

In addition to her daughter and son, she is survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her brothers and sisters and her numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Halladay, Rivera, More In HoF’s Class Of 2019


Rivera, Halladay, More

In HoF’s Class Of 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson just announced Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera have been elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the Class of 2019 and will be inducted into the Hall at the end of July.

Rivera went in with 100 percent support, the first inductee ever to get a unanimous vote.


Heroin, Coke Seized In Raid Near Sidney

Heroin, Coke Seized

In Raid Near Sidney

Chenango deputies provide this photo of alleged heroin packets seized near Sidney yesterday.
Chenango deputies provided this photo of alleged heroin packets and cash seized near Sidney yesterday.

‘No Knock’ Search Yields Suspect


GUILFORD – Executing a “no knock” search warrant here yesterday, Chenango County deputies and Sidney village police report seizing 280 packets of heroin, an ounce of cocaine, drug scales, packaging material and cash.

The resident of 104 Spreutels Lane, Samuel Rivera, was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled in the Third Degree (Class B Felony), Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree (Class E Felony), and two counts of Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was arraigned on $10,000 bail.

This Week’s Newspapers Jan. 25, 2019



The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Jan. 24-25, 2019


Jim Kevlin – Mom Rebecca Smucker of Cooperstown had herself and daughter Ada, 11 months, bundled up Saturday, Jan. 19, as Storm Harper began dusting the village at about 4 p.m.


So Long, Winter Storm Harper

Rivera Only Inductee Elected By  100%

Hartwick Offers First Master’s Degree

Many Dangers Found At Oneonta Hotel

Hazzard Leaves Cooperstown Chamber 

Under Attack? Avoid, Deny, Defend

Plot Undone To Set Bomb In Islamberg



Thrice Struck Down By Misfortune,

Rob RobinsonRose To Inspire Others


Worried About Global Warming? DON’T Buy An Electric Vehicle

With Hotel Inspection In Hand, City Attorney Due Back In Court

Lacking Pipelines, Con Ed Imposes Moratorium Downstate



County Must Explore Fresh Thinking On Energy

Ban Straws? Focus On Worst Recycling Abuser

It’s Only Sensible To Lock Our Doors – And Borders

Posting Too-Complicated Bills Serving No Purpose

Fighting For ‘Purity’ Preferable To The Alternatives






Cooperstown’s Capozza Deploys With Team Rubicon

Woman Moves To Oneonta, Discovers Family Roots

BEST BETS: Jump Auction, Richfield Events, Winterfest


Rob Robinson, 66, County Chamber President For 16 Years

Laura Duncan-Bachanas, 39; Bassett Registration Specialisttt

Doris Johnson, 96; Moved To Cooperstown To Be Near Daughter

Phyllis J. Edwards, 86, Cherry Valley; Worked At Baseball Factory

Ella Jean Baumgardner, 96, Oneonta; 1st Husband Killed In WW II

Debbi Barnes, 65, Oneonta; Retired Payroll Director, Fox Hospital


Alumni Herring, Bard Join Unatego Hall Of Distinction

United Way Packs Gift Bags to Hang In Huntington Park

Chris Catapano Promoted To Oneonta Police Sergeant

18 Locals On Dean’s List At SUNY Oneonta

Chiba, Laughlin Co-Chair CV Democratic Committee

Young Tennis Player Honored With Sportsmanship Award

Susquehanna SPCA Raises Over $95K In ‘Save A Life’ Campaign


HoF Class Of 2019 Featured At Press Conference On Now

HoF Class Of 2019 Featured

At Press Conference On Now

The Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2019, announced last evening, are answering questions at a live press right now that may be viewed at  From right are Jane Forbes Clark, Hall board chairman; the inductees, and Hall President Jeff Idelson.   Emceeing is Jon Shestakovsky, vice president/communications.



Village: Vote Firemen Into Chamber Hall

Village: Vote Firemen Into Chamber Hall


Cooperstown visitors at the Hanford Mills Museum’s 30th annual Ice Harvest Saturday, Feb. 2, saw a familiar face, Fire Chief Jim Tallman directing traffic on that chilly morning.


COOPERSTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown is encouraging residents to vote for the Cooperstown Fire Department for the 2019 Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.  The Fire Department is one of 25 candidates on the ballot, which also includes Bruce Hall, the Cooperstown Farmers Market and the Cooperstown Food Pantry. Voting open to public at

has received a $186,330 grant for a comprehensive catalog of the works of the 19th-century artist Eastman Johnson from The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts.

No Plaque Logo For Halladay, Mussina, But Others Announced

No Plaque Logo For Halladay,

Mussina, But Others Announced

COOPERSTOWN – The National Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the cap selections that will appear on the plaques for each of the six members of the Hall of Fame class of 2019:

Harold Baines – Chicago White Sox logo; Roy Halladay – no logo; Edgar Martinez – Seattle Mariners logo; Mike Mussina – no logo; Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees logo, and Lee Smith – Chicago Cubs logo.

Daddy Daughter Fun

Daddy, Daughter Tradition!

Ted Burr, Oneonta, had his hands full on the dance floor twirling his twin daughters Jocelyn and Adelyn at the Oneonta Family Y’s annual Daddy-Daughter Valentine’s Dance Saturday, Feb. 9, at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Union Ballroom


As the music strikes up, Jenna Czarnecki, Oneonta, pulls father John to the dance floor for her second year at the annual Father Daughter Dance.


Tim Gargash enjoys a tender dance with his daughter Skylar, who is wearing a dress he hand-made for her especially for the occasion.


Floyd Albert, Oneonta, and daughter Georgia get in some pre-dinner dancing at the annual Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Hunt Union Ballroom. The sold-out annual event invites daddies and their daughters to spend the evening dining and dancing.

Ichiro Suzuki Retiring, Spurring Suggestions Of Big 2025 Induction

Ichiro Suzuki Retiring,

Spurring Suggestions

Of Big 2025 Induction

He Would Be Japan’s First Hall-Of-Famer
Ichiro Suzuki announcing his retirement at the end of last night’s game at the Tokyo Dome, (13 hours behind Daylight Saving Time in Cooperstown)

COOPERSTOWN – If Dominicans have bolstered Hall of Fame Induction crowds in recent years, a similar boost may occur in 2025 from the other side of the globe.

After a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariner Ichiro Suzuki today announced he’s retiring, setting off predictions that after Mariano Rivera, a member of the Hall’s Class of 1919, the 45-year-old from Japan will be the Baseball Writers of America’s second unanimous pick for Induction into Cooperstown’s Hall of Plaques.

Main Street Packed With Cheering Fans


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/


Seward Delivers Funding To OFO To Combat Domestic Violence

Seward Delivers Funding 

To Fight Domestic Violence

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announces funding for Opportunities for Otsego’s domestic-violence prevention program at OFO’s West Broadway headquarters Monday afternoon.   With him, from left, are OFO Crisis Intervention Director Will Rivera, Catholic Charities Executive Director Lynn Glueckert, Delaware Opportunities Executive Director Shelly Bartow and OFO CEO Dan Maskin. OFO and Catholic Charities of Otsego and Schoharie counties will receive $15,000 each, and $7,000 each goes to Delaware Opportunities and Liberty Resources (Chenango County). “These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need,” said Seward, “We are fortunate to have so many local organizations providing help to vulnerable individuals, and I am pleased to assist them in their efforts to make our communities safer. These agencies are lifelines and, in many cases, are all that stand between a domestic violence victim and further harm.” (Ian Austin/
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