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Hall of Fame weekend

Hall Plans Indoor Induction On 7/25, Limiting Audience

CEREMONY TO BE BROADCAST

Hall Plans Indoor

Induction On 7/25,

TV Audience Only

Cooperstown Classic Events Cancelled

Jane Forbes Clark

COOPERSTOWN – The Hall of Fame announced a few minutes ago that it still hopes to hold the annual Induction on July 25, but not the unticketed event in the Clark Sports Center fields that can attract tens of thousands of fans.

“We have prepared alternative plans to conduct our annual Awards Presentation and Induction Ceremony as television events taking place indoors and adhering to all of the required New York State guidelines,” Jane Forbes Clark, Hall chairman, announced a few minutes ago.

Miss Clark also announced the Cooperstown Classic events planned for Memorial Day Weekend have been cancelled, including the Legends Game, for a second year in a row.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 29

Awards At Doubleday

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AWARDS PRESENTATION – 4:30 p.m. Features the presentation of the Ford C. Frick award for baseball broadcasting excellence and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Gates open 3 p.m. Followed immediately by the Parade of Legends Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. baseballhall.org/events/Awards-Presentation-2017?date=0

PARADE OF LEGENDS – 6 p.m. The Legends of baseball ride down Main St. to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. baseballhall.org/events/Parade-of-legends-17?date=0

Boutique Hotel Opens Friday In Cooperstown
HISTORIC BUILDING RENOVATED

Boutique Hotel Opens

Friday In Cooperstown

All hands are on deck, including proprietor Perry Ferrara’s wife Cathy, foreground, as the Railroad Inn, the new boutique hotel at Railroad and Glen avenues, Cooperstown, prepares to welcome its first guests tomorrow evening.  Ferrara, in right photo with Cathy, said the first-floor rooms will be occupied Friday evening, and by next weekend – Hall of Fame Induction Weekend – all 22 rooms will be completed and filled.  Crews have been renovating the historic hops-storage facility since last October, which had been vacant since businessman Mike Manno bought the former Agway in 2009 and restored the exterior.  Ferrara, who has operated Cat Construction on Long Island for 30 years, said bringing the building back to life while preserving the historic ambiance has been a particularly satisfying part of this project.  Bob Holt,  at the registration desk, former manager of the Best Western in Harwtick Seminary, is managing the new hotel.  Helping Mrs. Ferrara in the top photo are, from left, friends Lorraine Banfield and Cathy DiResta, and Cassie Sawyer of Worcester.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Anticipation Builds As Crowd Filters In

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION 2016

Anticipation Builds

As Crowd Filters In

The crowd isn't what it's going to be (Cooperstown Mayor Katz predicts 40,000-50,000 visitors) but excitement is starting to build on Main Street as Induction Weekend 2016 gets underway. Top, photo, 19th District Congressional hopeful Zephyr Teachout arrived at Pioneer Park a few minutes ago and greets, from left, MLB Official Historian John Thorn of Catskill, Mayor Katz and Village Trustee Jim Dean; she's attending this evening's county Democratic Dinner at Village Trustee Richard Sternberg's home, where state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is keynoter. At right, proprietor May Laio of All About The Girls By May poses with Alex Johnson, all dolled up to slow customers passing by 147 Main. Center left, the Breck Girls (Kristen and Kathryn Busse) are together again, selling cool Italian ices in front of the Silver Fox at 139 Main. Lower right, the village had closed off Main Street by noon today, and put on-street parking off limits on Lake and River streets and the Doubleday lot. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The crowd isn’t what it’s going to be (Cooperstown Mayor Katz predicts 40,000-50,000 visitors) but excitement is starting to build on Main Street as Induction Weekend 2016 gets underway. Top photo, 19th District Congressional hopeful Zephyr Teachout arrived at Pioneer Park a few minutes ago and greets, from left, MLB Official Historian John Thorn of Catskill, Mayor Katz and Village Trustee Jim Dean; she’s attending this evening’s county Democratic Dinner at Village Trustee Richard Sternberg’s home, where state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is keynoter. At right, proprietor May Laio of All About The Girls By May poses with Alex Johnson, all dolled up to slow customers passing by 147 Main. Center left, the Breck Girls (Kristen and Kathryn Busse) are together again, selling cool Italian ices in front of the Silver Fox at 139 Main. Lower left, the village had closed off Main Street by noon today, and put on-street parking off limits on Lake and River streets and the Doubleday lot. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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