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‘Pudge’ Rodriguez Inspired By Bench, Clemente Plaques

‘Pudge’ Rodriguez Inspired

By Bench, Clemente Plaques

Baseball Hall of Fame 2017 inductee Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, “widely regarded as the best defensive catcher of all time,” according to Wikipedia, responded to bilingual questioning from a phalanx of reporters in an “availability” now underway at 25 Main St., Cooperstown.  Rodriguez said he was particularly inspired by the plaques of fellow catcher Johnny Bench, as well as Roberto Clemente and Nolan Ryan.  “The whole museum is great,” he said.   All inductees undergo a similar orientation prior to the big day, Sunday, July 30.  Inset at right his his wife, Patricia Gomez, who was being interviewed separately in the Hall of Plaques.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO,com)

Oakland A’s Broadcaster Receives HoF Frick Award

Oakland A’s Broadcaster

Receives HoF Frick Award

hall-of-fame-logoCOOPERSTOWN – Bill King, whose quarter-of-a-century run as the voice of the Oakland Athletics cemented his status as one of the Bay Area’s iconic voices, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

King, who passed away in 2005, will be recognized during the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 29, as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. King becomes the 41st winner of the Frick Award, as he earned the highest point total in a vote conducted by the Hall of Fame’s 17-member Frick Award Committee.

Cooperstown Mayor Katz Fan Of Baseball & Village

HALL OF FAME WEEKEND 2015

Cooperstown Mayor Katz

Fan Of Baseball & Village

Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, the first mayor in decades who is also a baseball fan, visits the Hall of Plaques.  Over his right should is the plaque of his Mets' hero Tom Seaver.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, the first mayor in decades who is also a baseball fan, visits the Hall of Plaques. Over his right should is the plaque of his Mets’ hero Tom Seaver. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • for allotsego.com

COOPERSTOWN – Jeff Katz, the first mayor in a while who is both a fan of Cooperstown and of baseball, spent his first few years in Brooklyn, where it was all about the Mets.  “In 1969, when they won the World Series, I was 7.  It was huge,” he remembers.

He adored Tom Seaver, who led their team to the pinnacle.  “When they traded him in 1977, I was heartbroken,” said Katz.  “I realized I loved Tom Seaver much more than I did the Mets.  That broke the spell of rooting for a team.

“I became very much on the side of the players – because of Seaver.  People tend to blame everybody equally” – the players, the owners.  “That’s not exactly true when you get into the weeds.”

That sympathy informs “Split Season: 1981: Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball,” published in May. Kirkus called it a “delightful, opinionated history… Katz brilliantly describes the bitter, fruitless, yearlong negotiations aimed at determining a team’s compensation for the loss of a free agent player.”

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PENNSYLVANIA RUNNER WINS LAKE MARATHON

PENNSYLVANIA RUNNER

WINS LAKE MARATHON

Greg Mandak of Camp Hill, Pa., wins the Race the Lake Marathon a few minutes ago, breaking the ribbon at the Clark Sports.  The half-marathon winner was Justin Spring of New York City, who is attending Bassett's medical school locally.   A total of 336 runner circulated Otsego Lake this morning, up from 148 in 2014, the first year.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Greg Mandak of Camp Hill, Pa., wins the Race the Lake Marathon a few minutes ago, breaking the ribbon at the Clark Sports Center. The half-marathon winner was Justin Spring of New York City, who is attending Bassett’s medical school locally. A total of 336 runner circulated Otsego Lake this morning, up from 148 in 2014, the first year. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
By Noon, 30 Attend Open House With Views On Cooperstown Future

By Noon, 30 Give Views at ‘Community

Open House’ On Cooperstown Future

Mohican Farms manager Bob Sutherland works his way around the "idea stations" at today's Community Open House at the Cooperstown fire hall on Chestnut Street.  Residents' view are being collected on a range of topics – there are 16 "idea stations" – that will be reflected in the updated Comprehensive Master Plan under preparation.  The open house continues through 7 p.m. today.  All are welcome (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Mohican Farms manager Bob Sutherland works his way around the “idea stations” at today’s Community Open House at the Cooperstown fire hall on Chestnut Street. Residents’ view are being collected on a range of topics – there are 16 “idea stations” – that will be reflected in the updated Comprehensive Master Plan under preparation. The open house continues through 7 p.m. today. All are welcome.
Hughson & Benson Insurance Opens New Office In Cooperstown

Hughson & Benson Insurance

Opens New Office In Cooperstown

A grand opening of Hughson & Benson Insurance's Cooperstown office is underway at 59 Pioneer St. until 5 p.m. today.  Gathered at the 1840s fire house to greet visitors are, from left, Office Manager Tressa Decker, receptionist Madeline Sansevere, Senior Vice President Dan Root, longtime proprietor of the agency, Tom Hughson (now retired, President John Ryland, agents James Chiccorelli and Gary Jenning, and Richfield Springs manager Mike Gravelding.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
A grand opening of Hughson & Benson Insurance’s Cooperstown office is underway at 59 Pioneer St. until 5 p.m. today. Gathered at the 1840s fire house to greet visitors are, from left, Office Manager Tressa Decker, receptionist Madeline Sansevere, Senior Vice President Dan Root; the  longtime proprietor of the agency, Tom Hughson (now retired); President John Ryland, agents James Chiccorelli and Gary Jennings, and Richfield Springs manager Mike Gravelding.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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