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Kochul Makes A Pitch: NYers, Plan ‘Staycation’

Lieutenant Governor Visits Cooperstown

Kochul Makes A Pitch:

NYers, Plan ‘Staycation’

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Hall of Fame President Tim Mead answer press questions after her appearance at 25 Main St. on Monday, Aug. 10. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul had a message for New Yorkers – the best way to vacation is right in your backyard.

“I live in the western part of the state, and I’m surprised at how many of my neighbors have never been to Niagara Falls,” she said. “There are no lines! This is a chance for 19 million New Yorkers to discover New York State.”

Hochul held a roundtable Monday, Aug. 10 at the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of her statewide “Staycation” tour, which has also taken her to Saratoga Springs, Finger Lakes and Thousand Islands to promote in-state tourism as an increasing number of states – currently 33 – are on the travel advisory list.

“It’s always a joy to come back to Cooperstown,” she said. “I had breakfast at what must be the world’s smallest diner, and I realized that this is the place where you come to feel young again, where you can renew your spirits.”

Representatives from the Glimmerglass Festival, the Farmers’ and Fenimore museums, Brewery Ommegang and the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the event, as was Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch.

“What hasn’t been cancelled is our natural beauty,” Hochul said. “Recreation is soaring, the boat launch has seen their traffic triple, and the economic benefits of the outdoors can continue.”

After more than 100 days of closure, both the Hall and the museums opened with new cleaning protocols, social distancing and mask requirements.

And Tim Mead, Hall of Fame president, said some of the newly implemented measurements will benefit the Hall going forward. “Timed ticketing has been great, and we’ve done a lot of external outreach to our memberships,” he said. “We will all grow from this.”

David Neil, Ommegang’s hospitality director, said the brewery switched to canning more beer after restaurant businesses dried up, reducing the need to buy kegs. “The majority of our business was in kegs,” he said. “But now, we’re canning more than we ever had; we completely changed our whole production.”

Ommegang also implemented curbside pickup, and recently reopened its café for outside dining, including the weekly Sunday Brunch Bingo. “We can hold up to 78 people in our pavilion, and we’ve just seen an increase every week,” he said. “And all our reviews have talked about how safe people feel on our grounds.”

Francesca Zambello, Glimmerglass Festival’s music & general director, said the shutdown has allowed the festival to rethink its own marketing.

“Fifty percent of our visitors come from two hours away,” she said. “We’re starting to look at how we can create outdoor programming to market to people who have the Glimmerglass Festival on their bucket list, but who never come here.”

Online programming has been launched, the the Young Artists’ training program is continuing.

In touting the statewide infection rate of less than one percent, Hochul also acknowledged the work that tourist attractions like the Hall and the museums are doing to keep visitors safe inside.

“Seeing everyone in their masks warms my heart,” she said. “We want people to know that they can come here and be safe.”

“I had planned to visit my kids in other states,” she added. “But instead, I’m coming to Cooperstown.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Voices Of The Game On 2020 Hall of Fame Inductee Marvin Miller 07-23-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 23

Voices Of The Game Features

HoF Inductee Marvin Miller

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BASEBALL – Noon. Virtual Voices of the Game to present Hall of Famer Dave Winfield reflecting on Marvin Miller, 2020 inductee to Baseball Hall of Fame, and his impact on labor and baseball. Visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-legends-of-the-game-Marvin-Miller?date=0 for details.

Delgado Grant Helps Keep Hall, Fans Linked

MONEY COMES FROM CARES ACT

Delgado Grant Helps

Keep Hall, Fans Linked

Tim Mead
Delgado

COOPERSTOWN – Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, today announced $300,000 in federal funding for the National Baseball Hall of Fame for “virtual education” and access to the digital collection.

The money will come through the National Endowment for the Humanities and was approved through the House and Senate through the bipartisan CARES Act.

Calling the Hall “an iconic landmark and driver of the local economy,” Delgado said “it is vital for the long term well-being of our economy that we support the jobs and build accessibility” there.

On Main Street, Merchants Greet News From Hall

HALL OF FAME REOPENING

On Main Street,

Merchants Greet

News From Hall

Even This Late In Season,

More Tourists Can’t Hurt

More tourists are better than fewer, said Will Monie. He said Willis Monie Books Internet business has help cushion the coronavirus blow. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Vin Russo

COOPERSTOWN – At Mickey’s Place, Vin Russo, dean of the baseball merchants, pointed out that, before Dreams Park began hosted baseball tournaments early in the month, “this week is when the season began.”

In other words, the Hall of Fame’s announcement it will reopen this Friday from the coronavirus pause won’t be like recent summer seasons for Main Street’s baseball merchants.  But this used to be typical, and businesses survived, even thrived.

Marvin Miller, Union Leader, To Enter HoF

1ST ENTRIES IN CLASS OF 2020

Marvin Miller,

Union Leader,

To Enter HoF

Ted Simmons is flanked by Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark and Hall President Tim Mead at yesterday’s announcement.
Marvin Miller in his heyday.

COOPERSTOWN – Marvin Miller, who as leader of the MLB Players Association established free agency, turning players into tycoons, will enter the Hall of Fame in the Class of 2020.  He will be inducted posthumously Sunday, July 26.

He was elected yesterday by the Modern Era Committee, along with Ted Simmons, 70, an eight-time All-Star catcher who played 13 seasons with St. Louis.

The Baseball Writers of America’s picks, expected to include Yankee Derek Jeter, will be announced in  mid-January.

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Jeter Ballot Mailed Out, Includes 18 Newcomers

HoF INDUCTEES TO BE NAMED 1/21

Jeter Ballot Mailed Out,

Includes 18 Newcomers

Derek Jeter

COOPERSTOWN – Five-time World Series champion Derek Jeter heads a group of 18 new candidates on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 400 voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The results will be announced Jan. 21 live on the MLB network.

Additional newcomers to the ballot include Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett, Jason Giambi, Paul Konerko, Rafael Furcal, Bobby Abreu and Alfonso Soriano.

Jeter spent all 20 of his major-league seasons with the Yankees and finished with 3,465 hits, the sixth highest total in history.

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)

Stars Abound At HOF Classic At Doubleday Field

CLASSIC GAME WEEKEND 2019

MLB Stars Abound 

At Doubleday Field

Jeff Idelson, Baseball Hall of Fame president, left, and Hall board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark, right, stand with members of 30 Major League Baseball teams who made up the roster for the 2019 Hall Of Fame Classic game at Doubleday Field this afternoon in Cooperstown. Despite some sprinkles, professional ballplayers gave their fans a great game as well as T-shirt give-aways, children’s competitions, as well as signing autographs and memorabilia. At right, Maria Noto, Cooperstown, backed by the Cooperstown Sign Language club, sings the National Anthem at the beginning of the afternoon’s game. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Hall Of Fame Regrets Tom Seaver’s Decline

Hall Of Fame Regrets

Tom Seaver’s Decline

Mets’ Pitcher Has Dementia, Family Says

Tom Seaver on the Induction podium in Cooperstown.

COOPERSTOWN – Hall of FameR Tom Seaver’s family announced today that, due to dementia, he is “retiring from public life.”

“Tom will continue to work in his beloved vineyard at his California home,” The Hall said in a statement, “but has chosen to completely retire from public life.

“The family is deeply appreciative of those who have supported Tom throughout his career, on and off the field, and who do so now by honoring his request for privacy.

“We join Tom in sending warmest regards to everyone.”

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No Plaque Logo For Halladay, Mussina, But Others Announced

No Plaque Logo For Halladay,

Mussina, But Others Announced

COOPERSTOWN – The National Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the cap selections that will appear on the plaques for each of the six members of the Hall of Fame class of 2019:

Harold Baines – Chicago White Sox logo; Roy Halladay – no logo; Edgar Martinez – Seattle Mariners logo; Mike Mussina – no logo; Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees logo, and Lee Smith – Chicago Cubs logo.

Rivera Only Inductee To Win 100% Backing

Big Yankee, Plus Halladay, 2 More

Could Draw Biggest Crowd, Katz Says

Rivera Only Inductee

To Win 100% Backing

BY LIBBY CUDMORE

COOPERSTOWN  – Jeff Katz thinks that this will be a record-breaking year in Cooperstown.“With Mariano Rivera getting in, I think it’s very likely we’ll break the all-time attendance record,” he said.

Rivera, a career Yankees pitcher, was the first to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame unanimously by the 425 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

“A high-profile Yankee is always big, and he’s the first guy from that great team to get in. I think it will be a big tip-off from what we can expect for Derek Jeter in 2020,” Katz said.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

Beginnings Of Baseball

Trading Card Game

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COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 6:30 p.m. Learn how the baseball card game began with Hall of Fame librarian Jim Gates in “The Origins of Trading Cards.” Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-0600, ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/

PARK WALK – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Walk through norther portion of park with Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent. Visit historic building, fields, forests along Schenevus creek on mostly flat terrain. Riddell State Park, Davenport. 607-432-2114 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/a-walk-on-the-flat-side-riddell-state-park/

Mayor Will Lay Keel On USS Cooperstown

Mayor Will Lay Keel

On USS Cooperstown

Ship’s Construction Begins In Wisconsin

The USS Cooperstown’s sister ship, the USS Freedom, is already under sail.

COOPERSTOWN – The Navy is planning a keel-laying ceremony for the USS Cooperstown this Tuesday in Marinette, Wisc., and Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh is planning to attend on behalf of her constituents.

The keel is the first part of a ship put in place, and the mayor will serve as “keel authenticator,” lowering the first module into place on the building dock.  (Assembling of the modules can occur over several month before the assembly of the ship begins.)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8

Tour Historic Fairchild Mansion

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MANSION TOURS – 7 – 8 p.m. Tour historic Fairchild Mansion with Bruce Van Buren and other Masons. Cost, $3/non-gohs-members. Enter through Portico on west side of lodge. Oneonta Free Mason Lodge, 322 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm

FAMILY PROGRAM – 6 – 6:45 p.m. Ross Park Zoomobile presents sit down program featuring opportunity to learn about, handle exotic animals. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

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