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They’re Off!  BASE Race Starts Day Of HoF Fun

CLASSIC GAME WEEKEND 2019

They’re Off!  BASE Race

Starts Day Of HoF Fun

From the starting line in front of Doubleday Field a few minutes ago, Cooperstown’s Frankie Panzarella, top photo, center, and his pal Justin Wolfe, left, led the 8th annual BASE Race 5K “Fun Run” now underway through the streets of the village, the first activity in a day of Hall of Fame offerings.  At 10 a.m., ribbon-cutting on the new exhibit on baseball cards, “Shoebox Treasures,” will happen at 25 Main.  The 11th annual Hall of Fame Classic, featuring six Hall of Famers and many MLB standouts, begins at 1:05 p.m. at Doubleday; tickets are still on sale at the Hall.  Between Frankie and Justin is Bradley Weldon of Cooperstown, who is running with Ashlyn Wolfe, an assistant Otsego County Dairy Princess.  Inset, the Hall’s Shirley Tyler, who is emceeing, chats with the two celebrity starters, Grant Balfour, who played with four teams, from the Twins to the A’s, and, with back to camera, Ryan Rowland-Smith, who played with the Mariners and Diamondbacks.  Both are rare Australian players who made it into the Majors.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Regatta, BASE Race, Hall of Fame Classic Weekend Highlights

Regatta, BASE Race,

Hall of Fame Classic

Weekend Highlights

It’s a wet and wild weekend
as the annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta brings everyone out to the shores – and waters – of the Susquehanna River. Though races run all weekend, the big one kicks off at 6 a.m. Monday, May 26. Follow the racers down the river, then enjoy a barbeque in
Bainbridge. Brookwood Point,
6000 State Hwy 80, Cooperstown.
Info www.canoeregatta.org.

The 11th annual Hall of Fame Classic has six HOF legends and players from all 30 MLB teams playing a 7-inning game. Tickets $11-12.50. Pregame Home Run Derby at noon. Afterwards, kids can do the Doubleday Dash around the bases. 1:50 p.m. Saturday, May 25, Doubleday Field. Info 607-207-9519, www.BaseballHall.org.

Live music and delicious food and wine parings from local restaurants, all to benefit the Catskill Symphony. 7 – 9 p.m. Saturday, May 25, Oneonta Country Club, 9 Country Club Dr, Oneonta. Info catskillsymphony.net.

The best way to show you support healthy lifestyle choices is to run a 5K race! The annual BASE race benefits the Baseball Hall of Fame’s “Be A Superior Example” programs. Registration begins 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 25. Info 607-547-0329
http://baserace.itsyourrace.com.

Bring paper to shred and help support the Cooperstown Food Pantry, then stay to enjoy Barnyard Swing and Mini Golf activities. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 4604 State Hwy 28, Milford. Info 607-547-8330.

Perfect Weather For HOF Classic Game

Stars Come Out For

 Hall of Fame Classic

Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson and Chairman Jane Forbes Clark, far right, pose for a team photo with Hall of Famers and Major Leaguers who came out to play ball in Doubleday Field for the Hall of Fame Classic game Saturday.  Among them were Rollie Fingers, Eddie Murray, Tim Rains, Ozzie Smith, Ryan Sweeney, Chris Gomez, A.J. Pierzynski, Tim Crabtree, Todd Zeile and more. Between innings fans clamored at the gates around the fields, hoping to get autographs from the star players. At right, Goose Gossage  gives a fist-bump to Russle Slamowitz and his father Adam who traveled from Reno, Nevada, especially for the game. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

BASE Race Signals Big Weekend’s Start

BASE Race Signals

Big Weekend’s Start

The Hall of Fame’s BASE Race is underway at this hour through the streets of Cooperstown, signalling the start of busy Memorial Day Weekend 2018. The Hall of Fame Classic in historic Doubleday Field, featuring Major League players, beginning at 1:05. Monday, the 40-mile General Clinton Regatta departs Brookwood Point, Bainbridge bound, at 6 a.m.  Memorial Day parades begin in Cooperstown at 10:50 a.m. to a commemoration at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument at the county courthouse; in Oneonta, the parade begins at noon on Main Street, bound for a commemoration at Veterans Memorial Walkway in Neahwa Park.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
BASE Race Kicks Off Day Of Celebration
HALL OF FAME CLASSIC 2017

BASE Race Kicks Off

Day Of Celebration

In his unmistakable bright yellow, Oneonta’s Brandon Gardner, who’s been running distance events since he was 8 years old, accelerates from the starting line at this morning’s Hall of Fame BASE Race, which starts and end in Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field.  This is the sixth BASE race – it stands for “Be A Superior Example.”  Fees collected help underwrite a Hall program aimed at encouraging young athletes to embrace healthy – non-steroid – lifestyles.  At right, two Cooperstown running pals – Jacob Miller and Patrick Dewey – were competing together again, as they have since their days at Cooperstown Central.  They’ve just completed their sophomore years, Jacob at Harvard and Patrick at Edinboro University in western Pennsylvania.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Yes, Summer Season Here!

With Memorial Day Weekend,

Chamber Opens Tourist Kiosk

With the Memorial Day Weekend marking the start of the summer season, the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s tourist information kiosk opened today in Pioneer Park. Here, the chamber’s Debbie Dow receives information to distribute from Ronnie Stalzer, new owner of the Brain Freeze ice cream parlor. Debbie said the kiosk will be open weekends until Father’s Day Weekend, June 16-18. Forecasters are predicting sunny weather Saturday and Sunday, with more iffy weather on Memorial Day itself. Check our Happenin’ Otsego Calendar for many weekend events. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 26

Local Food At The Regatta

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TASTE OF THE REGATTA – 6 p.m. Taste the products of local producers before the canoe regatta. General Clinton Canoe Regatta Park, Bainbridge. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2017/5/26/2nd-annual-taste-of-regatta

OPENING RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening “8×10: Recent Paintings by Edward McDaniel, Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Fine Arts Exhibition, and the 26th Annual Essential Art Regional Juried Art show. Cooperstown Art Association. Info, www.cooperstownart.com

CLASSIC SLIDE SHOW

CLASSIC SLIDE SHOW

 

MLB Stars Welcome BASE Race Winners;

MLB Stars Welcome BASE Race Winners;

Oneonta’s Mike Hamilton First In 10K

Surrounded by MLB players who will participate in this afternoon's Hall of Fame Classic, BASE Race 5K winners Daniel Nensteil of Drums, Pa., and Cooperstown's Heidi Edmonds, 14, pose for Hall of Fame VP Brad Horn's camera.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Surrounded by MLB players who will participate in this afternoon’s Hall of Fame Classic, BASE Race 5K winners Daniel Nensteil of Drums, Pa., and Cooperstown’s Heidi Edmonds, 14, pose for Hall of Fame VP Brad Horn’s camera. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Oneonta's Mike Hamilton, no stranger to victory in local races, wins the 10K event in the BASE race that started and ended this morning in Cooperstown's Doubleday Field parking lot.
Oneonta’s Mike Hamilton, no stranger to victory in local races, wins the 10K event in the BASE race that started and ended this morning in Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field parking lot.

COOPERSTOWN – MLB players who will be performing in this afternoon’s Hall of Fame Classic lined the finish line at Doubleday Field this morning to welcome runners completing the BASE 5K and 10K races, the starting event of the Classic weekend. This will certainly please baseball fans. Some of the mlb rumors might also be of value to baseball fans too.

Mike Hamilton, the assistant wrestling coach at SUNY Oneonta and a perennial winner of road races in the region, took first place in the 10K

In the 5K, Heidi Edmonds, of the Cooperstown running family, followed in the footsteps of dad Lee, the Bassett physician, and brothers Josh and Peter to lead the women. Brother Josh helped pace his 14-year-old sister to the win.

On the men’s side, Daniel Nenstiel of Drums, Pa., outside Hazleton, won the 5K. He had come to town last evening for the concert at Brewery Ommegang with wife Missy, stayed overnight and decided to compete.

The Classic Parade begins at noon on Main Street, followed by hitting contest in Doubleday Field at 1 and the Hall of Fame Classic at 2:05.

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