Home › AllOTSEGO › Hall of Fame Classic 2017 slide show Hall of Fame Classic 2017 slide show 05/27/2017 AllOTSEGO Fans packing bleachers at the first-base line applaud Joelle Lachance’s rendering of the National Anthem as the Cooperstown Classic gets underway at Doubleday Field. The Fort Drum Color Guard exits the field after participating in ceremonies prior to the Classic. Say, isn’t that Goose Gossage in the foreground? A Classic mainstay, the Hall of Fame’s Bruce Markuksen, was back at Doubleday Field’s microphone today, announcing the Classic match between Hall of Famers and Major Leaguers. Homer Simpson, inducted into the Hall of Fame this morning, presided – he had a little trouble hanging onto the ball himself – by VIPs, including Jane Forbes Clark and executives who produced The Simpsons TV show. Joshua Pierre, 5, was in the grandstand waiting to cheer for his father, Juan Pierre, who played for the Cubs, the Phillies and other MLB teams. But that didn’t prevent him from cheering for Homer Simpson. With him are brothers Jacob, 10 months, left, and Joshua, 2, right, and mom Liz. The seating? Perfect. Realtor Mike Welch, retired Smith Cooperstown manager, was in the VIP seating directly behind home plate. Tony Casale of Cooperstown, the retired assemblyman from Herkimer County, sits with his guests in the Grandstand at today’s game. Steve Pindar of Oneonta, former general manager of the Oneonta Pirates and current president of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, volunteered to help at today’s Classic – and get a close-up view on some great baseball. Abigail Vatovec, 3, of Cooperstown, took care of her complexion at today’s game, while older sister Emily cheers her team. Mom Glenda tends the girls. The Hall’s Tom Schieber commandeers a bat that spun into the third-base line bleachers early in today’s game, from Shawn Wright of Tilton, N.H., who caught it. Scheiber told Wright, a 10-year Hall of Fame member, that he could claim the bat after the game. A boy was injured scrambling for the bat. Pete Henrici, retired CCS Latin teacher and baseball merchant, watches today’s action with a practiced eye. CCS student Natalie Schieber sells hot dogs in the Doubleday Field parking lot to benefit her class trip. She is flanked by Sophia Lesko and mom Alyssa McGoldrick. His robe set aside, Father Dane Boston, left, Christ Episcopal Church pastor, was incognito today among the Classic crowd as he enjoyed the festivities with dad Ethan, center, and brother Chad, visiting from Florida.