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Be Failing, But Tom Seaver’s Victories Immortal

Be Failing,

But Tom Seaver’s

Victories Immortal

In 1969, when Fred Schneider saw the near shut-out, Tom Seaver was SI’s “Sportsman of the Year.”

To the Editor:
I read this afternoon about Tom Seaver’s health.
My favorite Seaver memory (and my favorite New York Mets memory of all … and I was at Game 6!) was going to a July game at Shea in 1969.
It was a big family deal. We got new shirts, new socks. It was sunny. It was hot. The L-I-E was going to be packed and stalled with overheating cars heading toward the beaches.
Pop was anxious about the Chrysler, starting his pacing at breakfast… its oil leak… the sticking thermostat… the way second gear hung up on an incline…
but mostly anxious about the bridge, and how if your car died there, there was no getting your family back.
Death by bridge or not, mom was decked out in new slacks and a blouse from JC Penney. She wore an odd tint of lipstick, and a kerchief over her straightened curls.
Not long before we left, my grandfather (69 at the time) and I played catch on the front lawn of his Great River home. He had an awkward submarine delivery, a throwing motion violating all the rules.
But even as he twisted, even as he dipped, even as he hid his throwing arm and the ball the way Jake on Eighth Avenue hid the Queen, he hit my glove more than I hit his.
At Shea, we had great seats — uncharacteristically fantastic seats — just a soft toss from the right field grass. Somehow our tickets had fallen off a truck on Metropolitan Avenue and landed in our pockets as if God was sorry for many things.
I mean, it was July! It was baseball! We were in box seats where you never had to get up to let some guy with a thirst or a bladder through! Vendors were everywhere, waving steamed dogs or sticks of cotton candy so close we could feel their sugary stickiness!
And the Metsies were coming alive. We were playing the Cubs. Seaver against Holtzman. Mets against the Cubs. Seaver against the Cubs. Seaver against Qualls, top ninth, one down, two outs away, and you all know what happened to the perfect game then.
They called it a clean hit, but no matter if he were a mile and a half away, no matter if he was playing
deep on the damn Tappan Zee Bridge, Jones should have dived, should have given everything to end with his face in the ground. But he didn’t.
When the crowd moaned, my grandfather stood, looked around, and applauded, not at the effort, not at Seaver’s proximation of greatness, but because he still saw a victory, a real and rare (in his world) victory. And I was there.
God speed Tom Seaver.

FRED SCHNEIDER
Cooperstown

 

Mayor Herzig Believes In Unity Of Oneonta Community

Herzig Goal: Town-Gown

Amity Within Community

ONEONTA – Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, appointed last month but up for election next Tuesday for a term to begin Jan. 1, was interviewed by AllOTSEGO.com’s Don Mathisen on his plans.  This is the fifth of five excerpts that have appeared on this website daily since Tuesday. Click the video below to watch Mayor Herzig discuss the how he views the relationship between Oneonta’s year-’round residents and college students.

This completes our five-part series of interviews with Mayor, Gary Herzig. Be sure to check back with AllOTSEGO.com regularly for the fastest and most reliable news of Oneonta, Cooperstown, and all of Otsego County.

HERZIG HOPEFUL FOR EXPANDING ONEONTA ENTERTAINMENT

HERZIG HOPEFUL: ONEONTA’S

EXPANDING ENTERTAINMENT

ONEONTA – Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, appointed last month but up for election next Tuesday for a term to begin Jan. 1, was interviewed by AllOTSEGO.com’s Don Mathisen on his plans.  This is the third of five excerpts that will appear on this website daily through Saturday. Click the video below to watch Mayor Herzig discuss the possibility of an entertainment district for Oneonta with Foothills PAC and the Oneonta Theatre as anchors.

TOMORROW, HERZIG ON STUDENTS

Herzig Committed To Closing Budget Gap

HERZIG COMMITTED TO

CLOSING BUDGET GAP

ONEONTA – Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, appointed last month but up for election next Tuesday for a term to begin Jan. 1, was interviewed by AllOTSEGO.com’s Don Mathisen on his plans.  This is the third of five excerpts that will appear on this website daily through Saturday. Click the video below to watch Mayor Herzig discuss his plan to reduce Oneonta’s budget gap.

TOMORROW, HERZIG ON ENTERTAINMENT

Mayor Herzig Determined To Refill Vacant Housing
HOMETOWN ONEONTA EXCLUSIVE

Mayor Herzig Determined

To Refill Vacant Housing

ONEONTA – In an exclusive interview with Hometown Oneonta’s Don Mathisen, Mayor Gary Herzig, who will be confirmed in his job in next Tuesday’s election, detailed steps he is taking to bring vacant housing back on the tax role in the first of five video excerpts that will appear on www.allotsego.com through Saturday.  Watch the video below, and for a full report on the interview, see this week’s Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands Wednesday afternoon.

TOMORROW, HERZIG ON JOBS

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