Jeff Idelson, Baseball Hall of Fame president, left, and Hall board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark, right, stand with members of 30 Major League Baseball teams who made up the roster for the 2019 Hall Of Fame Classic game at Doubleday Field this afternoon in Cooperstown. Despite some sprinkles, professional ballplayers gave their fans a great game as well as T-shirt give-aways, children’s competitions, as well as signing autographs and memorabilia. At right, Maria Noto, Cooperstown, backed by the Cooperstown Sign Language club, sings the National Anthem at the beginning of the afternoon’s game. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
From the starting line in front of Doubleday Field a few minutes ago, Cooperstown’s Frankie Panzarella, top photo, center, and his pal Justin Wolfe, left, led the 8th annual BASE Race 5K “Fun Run” now underway through the streets of the village, the first activity in a day of Hall of Fame offerings. At 10 a.m., ribbon-cutting on the new exhibit on baseball cards, “Shoebox Treasures,” will happen at 25 Main. The 11th annual Hall of Fame Classic, featuring six Hall of Famers and many MLB standouts, begins at 1:05 p.m. at Doubleday; tickets are still on sale at the Hall. Between Frankie and Justin is Bradley Weldon of Cooperstown, who is running with Ashlyn Wolfe, an assistant Otsego County Dairy Princess. Inset, the Hall’s Shirley Tyler, who is emceeing, chats with the two celebrity starters, Grant Balfour, who played with four teams, from the Twins to the A’s, and, with back to camera, Ryan Rowland-Smith, who played with the Mariners and Diamondbacks. Both are rare Australian players who made it into the Majors. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – The first pitch of the 11th Hall of Fame Classic Legends Game, bringing six Hall of Famers and other MLB stars to town, will be thrown at 1:05 p.m. Saturday (tomorrow) in Doubleday Field.
Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers and Goose Gossage will manage their respective teams, while Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Trevor Hoffman, Tim Raines and Alan Trammell will lend a hand in the dugout and in the coach’s boxes.
ONEONTA – Oneonta’s Chris Catan and Cooperstown’s Will Weldon have a lot in common.
They are both outstanding young tennis players with lots of talent and enthusiasm for their sport. They both play first singles for very successful high school teams. And both are looking forward to the State tournament.
They happen to live about 20 miles away from each other, but play in different sections, Catan in Section IV and Weldon in Section III.
Catan, a sophomore with Oneonta’s tennis team, is currently 19-0 on the season and qualified for the state tournament for the second straight year at the Binghamton Tennis Center over the weekend. Catan dropped only one game on his way to repeating as Section IV’s representative to the State Tournament.
ONEONTA – With an AP exam on Friday, May 10 and another one scheduled for Monday, May 13, Bradley Morell still had time to break a school discus record at the Yellowjacket Invitational on the Lloyd Baker Field.
With a toss of 163’ 8”, Morell eclipsed his season best set last week of 160’ 0”. The previous record was held by Jim Hurtubise in 2003, and was 163’ 3”. Morell was very happy with his throw, and is looking toward the Section IV record of 176’ 0”, set by Ithaca’s Sam Cherney in 2012.
Morell helped his team by also winning the shot put with a put of 47’ 4”, a season best by almost a foot and a half.
In all, the girls took second out of 16 teams competing in the invitational, scoring 68.5 points, and the boys placed third with 43.5. Powerhouse Norwich won both.
Editor’s Note: With this report, Connie Herzig becomes the weekly sports columnist for AllOTSEGO.com, Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. An Oneonta resident and retired 25-year elementary phys-ed teacher at Cooperstown Elementary, she is active in the life of both communities, and expert in both sports scenes. Send Connie news, story tips and any other inputs at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 29th Annual Don Howard Track & Field Invitational last Saturday, May 4, at Cooperstown High School had an unlikely star – the sun popped through for a while on a cloudy, windless and not-rainy day. The spring season has been cold, wet and windy for much of the young season, but perfect conditions led to many season-best performances. The great one himself, Don Howard, was there with his wife, Doris, to cheer on the teams.
The Oneonta girls’ team won the 13-team meet with 140.5 points, while Cooperstown’s girls were nipping at their heels in second with 119.5.
The two teams battled head to head in several key events, which were highlighted by the sprints, hurdle races and the jumping events. In the 400m relay, the Oneonta team of Erin Stalder, Morgan Jipson, Yuliah Johnson and Reece Thorsland posted a time of 53.19, almost a second better than they had previously run this season.
The Cooperstown girls, Ashley Kiuber, Ireland Gable, Samantha Vezza and Nora Jensen, were second, improving their seed time by almost a second at 53.44. Oneonta’s 1600m relay team also won, with Staldler, Thorsland, Danielle Basdekis and Randy Odago shaving five seconds off their time.
Cooperstown’s Jensen had a great day in the hurdle races, winning the 100m hurdles and coming in second to Oneonta’s Basdekis in the 400m hurdle race. Basdekis also won the 200m with teammate Johnson getting third. Between them was Cooperstown’s freshman sprinter Gable. Johnson also won the 100m for Oneonta. In the 400m, Oneonta’s Stalder won the race, taking 3 seconds off her season best. Teammate Olivia O’Donnell was third and Cooperstown’s Abby Ford was fourth.
Cooperstown Hawkeye Isaiah Johnson clears the bar easily at the pole vault event just wrapping up now at the Linden Avenue campus. Teams from 12 schools, as far away at Tully and Cazenovia, were attracted to today’s Don Howard Invitational, a regional highlight of the track and field season. Inset, Oneonta’s Maddy Hanson elicited oohs and aahs with this long jump. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – Tim Mead, 61, 22-year vice president/communications for the Los Angeles Angels, has been named president of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Hall board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark announced a few minutes ago.
“The Board of Directors is very pleased that Tim has accepted the position of President of the Hall of Fame,” said Clark. “Tim is deeply respected throughout the baseball industry, among players, executives and media alike. He has a great affection for the game and its history, and we are looking forward to having him leading the efforts of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.”
In his most recent position, Mead, who has spent 40 years with the Angels, oversaw the team’s media relations, publicity and broadcasting operations. He was assistant general manager in 1994-97. He had started in the public relations department in 1980, became director of media relations in 1985 and assistant vice president/media relations, in 1991.
COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown High School is planning an NCAA Celebratory Signing Day Friday, May 3, including a 3:15 p.m. event in the library for students heading off to college sports careers.
They included Upstate Sportswriters’ “Player of the Year” Jack Lambert, co-captain of the school’s first-ever Class C state championship basketball team, who will attended the Division III University of Scranton.
Other honorees, all headed to Division III teams, are Baileigh Behan, SUNY Cobleskill soccer; Delilah Griger, SUNY New Paltz swimming; Delaney Holohan, Clarkson University soccer; Taylor Keane, Elmira College soccer, and Kyle Santello, Gallaudet University soccer.
HERKIMER – Babe Ruth’s granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, will be speaking on her legendary grandfather at a Dinner to benefit the Herkimer County Historical Society at Saturday, May 4, at Francesca’s Banquet Hall, Ilion. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a Meet and Greet, followed by dinner at 6.
WKTV News Anchor Jason Powles will emcee, and Hall of Fame spokesman Craig Muder will say a few words on The Babe.
Before the dinner, the Village of Ilion will be presenting a proclamation to her in honor of “Babe Ruth Day” at the Village Hall.