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Baseball Hall of Fame

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 9

Theatrical Performance

‘Billy Bishop Goes To War’

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THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Performance “Billy Bishop Goes To War.” Set in 1914, follows journey of underachieving Billy Bishop on his journey to become a great fighter pilot. Explores complexities of heroism, cost of war, Britain’s colonial past. Free admission. Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St., Franklin. 607-829-3700 or visit franklinstagecompany.org/events/billy-bishop-goes-to-war/

Baseball Hall Of Fame Welcomes Class of ’19

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION 2019

Baseball Hall Of Fame

Welcomes Class Of ’19

55,000 Fans Attended, 2nd Largest

The 2019 inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame – from left, Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, Michael Mussina, Mariano Rivera, and Brandy Halladay, accepting the plaque posthumously on behalf of her husband Roy Halladay – pose for a group photo on the stage following their Induction ceremony earlier today in the field next to the Clark Sports Center.  If your eyes were good, you may have even spotted Laurentino Cortizo, right, the President of Panama, who was in the crowd with fellow Panamanians to witness and celebrate their countryman Rivera’s induction.  The Hall announced this evening that 55,000 fans attended the ceremony, making it the second-largest, after the Cal Ripken Jr./Tony Gwynn weekend in 2007. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Helfer, Stark and Idelson Honored At HOF Awards

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION 2019

Jeff Idelson Honored, With

Spink, Frick Prize Winners

Outgoing Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, left; Jayson Stark, recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, and Idelson’s successor, Tim Mead, wave from the stage at the conclusion of the ninth annual Hall Of Fame Awards presentation at Doubleday Field this afternoon.  Between Stark and Mead is Mariano Rivera, the Yankee star pitcher, one of six players being inducted tomorrow. Idelson, who is seen embracing Jane Forbes Clark, at right, was honored for his 25 years of service at the Baseball Hall of Fame, the past 11 as president. Stark, who was inducted alongside Al Helfer, who posthumously received the Ford C. Frick Award, was all smiles as he addressed the crowd. “I always wanted to be a baseball writer. How many people get to be what they dreamed of being? To be elected by you is as cool as it gets. All I ever wanted since I was a kid was to be one of you.” (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 21

2019 Hall of Fame Induction

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HALL OF FAME INDUCTION – 1:30 p.m. Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Roy Halladay, Harold Baines and Lee Smith will be inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame. Stake out your spot the lawn early. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Info, 607-547 2800 www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2019-baseball-hall-fame-induction-ceremony/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 20

Reading: ‘The Big Fella: Ruth

And The World He Created’

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BASEBALL AUTHOR – 1 p.m. Reading by Jane Leavy, author “The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created.” Discuss baseball history, ask questions, get your copy signed. Included with Museum admission. Grandstand Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events

Crowds Growing On Main Street

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION 2019

Crowds Growing

On Main Street

P.J. Carter, left, son of famed Expo and Met Gary Carter, gives his dad’s best wishes to Tommy Lasorda, famed two-decade manager of the L.A. Dodgers, who is signing autographs today on Main Street, Cooperstown. Behind Lasorda is another great, Lou Pinella, who finished up his 16-year playing career as a Yankee. Crowds are bigger than usual for a first day of Induction Weekend, said Vinnie Russo, proprietor of Mickey’s Place who can compare hour-by-hour records from past years, and are only going to grow tomorrow as Induction Weekend gets underway in earnest. Inset, part of the Hall of Fame’s brain trust – from left, Vice Presidents Ken Meifert, sponsorship & development; Doug Jones, finance & administration, and Sean Gahagan sponsorship & development – slipped out for a quick hot-dog lunch in front of Danny’s Place. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

Baseball Author Discusses

New Book At Hall Of Fame

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AUTHOR SERIES – 1 p.m. Wayne Coffey discusses his new book, “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done: The ’69 Mets, New York City, and the Most Astounding Season in Baseball History” in the Bullpen Theatre. Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.baseballhall.org/, 607-547-7200.

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