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MITT of the FUTURE Under Marucci Wing, Creator Planning Cooperstown Factory

MITT of the FUTURE

Under Marucci Wing, Creator

Planning Cooperstown Factory

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Scott Carpenter is relocating his Cherry Valley workshop to Cooperstown’s Key Bank Building to make custom baseball mitts under the Marucci Sports label. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – The secret to the baseball glove of the future, Scott Carpenter discovered, is in looking at the gloves of the past.

“I was at an artist’s residency at Blue Mountain Lake and someone invited me to meet with Ted Spencer at the Baseball Hall of Fame,” he said. “I realized that Cooperstown was a great location, not just for my business, but to study gloves. The best way to project forward is to look at how they’ve evolved.”

Now Carpenter, who has been making custom-fit baseball gloves since 2003, has been acquired by Marucci Sports, based in Baton Rouge, La., one of the leading manufacturers of baseball bats for Major League players who now want to expand into gloves.

As a fashion artist in New York City, Carpenter had made several gloves and exhibited them in shows alongside Keith Haring, who will be featured at The Fenimore Art Museum next summer, and other pop artists. “Gloves are a unique object,” Carpenter said, in an interview at his Cherry Valley workshop that will soon be moved to Cooperstown.

“They’re sentimental and complex,” he said. “I wasn’t making them to be ironic or weird, I was interested in everyday objects and the weight they carried.”

The more gloves he made, the better he got, and soon, he was making custom gloves for minor league players, including Noah Krol, then with the Oneonta Tigers, in 2007.

“A regular glove only has a knot at the thumb to adjust and that’s as much of a custom fit as you get,” he said. “But mine are custom fit to each person’s hand for a tailored, ergonomic fit.”

In the early days, he would ask customers to trace their hands, but now 3D imaging and printing has made it easier to get an even more custom fit.

“When you have a better fit, you reduce slack,” he explained. “Players tell me the glove feels locked in, so the exchange from the catching hand to the throwing hand is easier.”

In 2011, he made the first non-leather microfiber glove to be used in the MLB by Brian Gordon, the Yankee pitcher.

“I make the lightest gloves in baseball,” Carpenter said. “The average, all-leather glove might be 24 ounces, and mine are usually 5 to 8 ounces lighter.”

The gloves begin at $535 when he was selling them through his website; they will now be retailed at places like Dick’s Sporting Goods.

In 2001, he had relocated his shop, Carpenter Trade, to Cherry Valley, in a home where previous occupants used to make baseballs.

“I found an empty spool of baseball thread being used as a doorstop,” he said. “And I found a needle of the right size for that thread.”

He makes as many as 50 gloves a year, all by hand, on Singer sewing machines. “A glove takes about 19 hours to make,” he said. “And I know the connection between Singer and Cooperstown, so I thought it would be cool to use those machines.”

His first Marucci glove was made for Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson, the former American League MVP.

“Other brands were interested in my performance-enhancing technology,” he said. “But Marucci was a fast-growing brand, and their bat is the most used bat in Major League baseball. They think they could have a similar impact on gloves, so that was motivation to acquire my business.”

Now under Marucci, he plans to relocate to the Key Bank building on Cooperstown’s Main Street,  and hire additional employees to help keep up with the demand. “Marucci will mass produce the components, and I’ll finish them here,” he said.

And he plans to continue working with the Hall, as well as research among baseball fans and Dreams Park players. “There’s so much intellectual capital here,” he said. “People around here have that knowledge.”

In addition to professional-grade gloves, he also custom makes gloves for people with hand deformities and disabilities.

He had grown up playing baseball, and still plays in the Leatherstocking League locally. “My sons are one and 4,” he said. “I’m so specialized in adult gloves that making one for them is going to be a whole different product.”

Father & Son Help Competition Run Smoothly

Father & Son Help

Competition Run Smoothly

Dan Heinrich and his son Will spent their Father’s Day volunteering by making sure the stage was kept clean and cleared for the competitors 3rd annual Cherry Valley Outdoor Games lumberjack competition this afternoon at Alden Field in Cherry Valley. While most of the event finished early,  national competitors like Mike Sullivan, right, still gave onlookers a reason to cheer as they sawed their way to the finish of the final heat, which was televised nation wide. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

A Renaissance Man, Bill Isaac, 81, Founded Gallery, Artworks, LEAF

IN MEMORIAM

A Renaissance Man,

Bill Isaac, 81, Founded

Gallery, Artworks, LEAF

In 2011, Bill Isaac shows off a rare A-shaped forge he saved during his restoration of the Old Blacksmith Shop on Route 28, Schuyler Lake, which he then ran as a art and crafts gallery. (AllOTSEGO.com)

CHERRY VALLEY – William Gordon “Bill” Isaac, a Renaissance man and a beloved member of the greater Cherry Valley community, best known recently for operating the Cherry Branch Gallery, died on May 5, 2019, at his home here with his beloved partner, Willow Partington, by his side along with her children and son-in-law.

Bill Isaac

Born on May 3, 1938, in Aurora, Ill., Bill was the son of Helen and Gordon Isaac, of Downers Grove. Bill’s mother was Chippewa (Ojibway).

Bill attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, receiving the S.C. Johnson Award in Chemistry. He left in May 1958 without a degree, and worked as a chemist in Allied Chemical’s uranium refining plant in Metropolis, Ill.,  where he worked with radioactive materials. In 1960, Bill moved to New Orleans where he worked as a picture framer and began oil painting, selling his works in Pirates’ Alley and local galleries. He was drafted into the Army in 1961, and worked at Fort Detrick, Frederick, Md.. In 1963, he received an honorable discharge.

READ ABOUT SCHUYLER LAKE SMITHY RESTORATION

 

LET IT SNOW…AND SNOW AND SNOW AND SNOW!

LET IT SNOW…AND SNOW AND SNOW AND SNOW!

Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal – Linda Parmalee clears four inches of snow that fell overnight on Thursday, Jan. 10 from in front of her Glen Avenue home, Cooperstown. But don’t even think about putting away those shovels – as much as 20 inches of the white stuff is expected this weekend.

CASTLETON LAUDS: Daniel Bosma, and Mallory Timpano, both of Cherry Valley, were named to the Castleton University President’s List for the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year.

ATHLETE HONORED: Addy Lawson, Milford, a member of the SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team has been

Arthur Wannamaker,91; WWII Veteran Moved To County In 1950s

IN MEMORIAM: Arthur Wannamaker,91;

WWII Veteran Moved To County In 1950s

CHERRY VALLEY – Arthur Adam Wannamaker, a World War II veteran who moved from Long Island to Cherry Valley in the 1950s, died Dec. 13, 2018. He was 91.

Born March 28, 1927, in Springfield, Long Island, to Charles Wannamaker and Wilhelmina H. Shriefer. He grew up in Brooklyn, and at the Wartburg Orphans Farm School in Mount Vernon.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

Candlelight & Carols

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

CANDLELIGHT EVENING – 3 – 7 p.m. Experience magic of Christmas season with a candlelit museum covered in Christmas greenery, horse-drawn sleighs, carolers, bonfires, wassail, theater performances, more. Tickets available at door. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Candlelight-Evening

Patricia M. Dinger, 63, Cherry Valley

IN MEMORIAM: Patricia M. Dinger, 63

CHERRY VALLEY – Patricia M. Dinger, 63, of Cherry Valley passed away unexpectedly, Dec. 3, 2018 at Centers Healthcare Cooperstown.

Patricia was a one-of-a-kind woman with a contagious smile and laugh. She loved the Lord and her church, puzzles, and visits from her loved ones.

Stephen W. Tompkins, 44; Fought Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosed At Infancy
IN MEMORIAM

Stephen W. Tompkins, 44; Fought

Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosed At Infancy

Stephen Wyatt Tompkins • 1974-2018

CHERRY VALLEY – Stephen Wyatt Tompkins, 44, who had been fighting Cystic Fibrosis since infancy, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at New York Presbyterian Hospital with loving family by his side.

Born in Cooperstown, Oct. 28, 1974, Stephen’s Cystic Fibrosis led to other challenges.  He was a 10+ year survivor of a double lung transplant received at New York Presbyterian Hospital.  He passed away after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Stephen graduated from Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School in 1995. He attended the RIT National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He was most recently employed by the Town of Middlefield Highway Department.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Animal Shelter Fundraiser

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MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER – 6 – 8 p.m. Celebrate wonderful life of Dr. Gahleb with wife Jill, Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Cost, $100/person includes 2 drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. RSVP by 9/20. Veranda, The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 607-547-8111 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

BENEFIT 5K/MILE – 9 a.m. Run/walk in Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K to benefit the Riverside Back Pack Program, providing Oneonta school children food over the weekend. Registration from 8-8:45 a.m. Cost day-of, $25 for 5K, $15 for Mile. Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3337 or visit oneonta.sodexomyway.com/explore/mindful_mile

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Fly A Kite At Cherry Valley Fest

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KITE FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All day outdoor kite fly for all. Includes Rev Riders Team Performances, Fighter Kite Battles, more. Admission, $5/adult. Campbell Road, Cherry Valley. 607-264-3080 or visit www.facebook.com/cherryvalleyartworks/

BLOCK PARTY – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Benefit for Family Resource Network features free hot dogs, vendors, children’s activities, opportunity to dunk Pastor Paul, 3 tries/$1, Noon – 12:30 p.m. Bring friends, meet more. Atonement Lutheran Church parking lot, 1 Center St., Oneonta. 607-432-6852.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

September 11 Memorial

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MEMORIAL – 9 a.m. Ceremony remembering 7 SUNY Oneonta Alumni who lost their lives in the attacks on 9/11. Memorial, Quad, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2589433

BOOK SIGNING – 5 – 7 p.m. Reading of “Riko: Seduction of an Artist” a biography of a Czech artist from the ‘30s thru the ‘80s. Written by Denise B. Dailey. Signing to follow. The Green Toad Book Store, 198 Main St., Oneonta. 607-433-8898 or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

9/11 Memorial Event

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HERO RUN/WALK – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Memorial run/walk for all the heroes who lost their lives on 9/11/01 and honoring the heroes who still answer the call. Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company., 832 Co. Hwy. 26, Fly Creek. Visit hero5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=6181

RODEO – 4 – 11 p.m. Support your hometown baseball team at Saturday Night Showdown. Pre-rodeo features games, food, music. Rodeo kicks off at 7, followed at 9 by party with music, cash bar, snacks. Tickets, $20/adult. Available at SFCU locations, ISD, The Shipping Room, or Online. Oneonta Outlaws, Damaschke Field, 15 James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/

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