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Induction

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 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Exhibit By Watercolor Society,

Art Assocaitions Luck Of The Draw

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RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening exhibit by Central New York Watercolor Society and Luck of the Draw exhibit, buy tickets, enter to win artwork, final drawing 10/21. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

RELEASE PARTY – 7 p.m. Celebrate first ever issue of The Green Zine, a collection of art & writing from local artists published by The Green Toad Book Store. Grab a copy, eat, drink, celebrate. Roots Brewing Company, 175 Main St., Oneonta. 607-433-8898 or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/

Rector Inducted At Christ Church
Cooperstown To Close Streets Friday, Saturday

Cooperstown To Close Streets Friday, Saturday

COOPERSTOWN – The village Police Chief Mike Covert announced the following street closures during Hall of Fame Weekend:

• Doubleday Field Parking Lot, 3 a.m. Friday through 9 p.m. Saturday.  Any vehicles in the lot after 3 p.m. will be towed at owner’s expense.

• Main Street between Chestnut and Fair, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.

• Pioneer Street, from Lake to Church, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, ad 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday

Baseball Authors To Sign Books At Willis Monie’s

Baseball Authors To Sign Books At Willis Monie’s

COOPERSTOWN – Two authors will be autographing their books on Induction Weekend at Willis Monie Books, 139 Main St.
• Dennis Corcoran, “Induction Day At Cooperstown,” 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, and 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday.
• Chris Donnelly, “How the Yankees Explain New York,” 1-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10:11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Hall of Fame’s Yesteryears Recalled

Hall of Fame’s Yesteryears Recalled

Laughter erupted when Catherine Walker recalled, a little disparagingly, the "red coats" Hall staffers used to wear.  Be careful, they were my idea, said former Hall director Howard Talbot, second from left.  The two, both of whom attended the 1930 Induction, joined Homer Osterhoudt, center, at a panel discuss in the Hall of Fame's BullpenTheater at 1 p.m. today, part of the 75th anniversary festivities.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Laughter erupted when Catherine Walker recalled, a little disparagingly, the “red coats” National Baseball Hall of Fame staffers used to wear. Be careful, they were my idea, said former Hall director Howard Talbot, second from left. The two, both of whom attended the 1939 Induction, joined Homer Osterhoudt, center, at a panel to discuss Inductions then and now in the Hall’s Bullpen Theater at 1 p.m. today, part of the 75th anniversary festivities.  At left is emcee Bruce Markusen; at right, retired Hall curator Ted Spencer (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • www.allotsego.com

Merritt Harvey of Hartwick hold up a photo of himself, then 5, with his mom and sisters in front of 22 Main on June 12, 1939, the first Induction day.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Merritt Harvey of Hartwick hold up a photo of himself, then 5, with his mom and sisters in front of 22 Main on June 12, 1939, the first Induction day. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

COOPERSTOWN – Yesterday was today’s topic, and things have changed.

“I shouldn’t say this,” said Ted Spencer, the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s retired curator, “but my first year here” – 1982 – “I tried everything on.”

How things have become more formal and security-conscious over the years was one theme that emerged from a panel Spencer rounded out this afternoon in the Hall’s Bullpen Theater. He joined three attendees at the original 1939 Induction: Homer Osterhoudt, Howard Talbot and Catherine Walker.

Osterhoudt, then 21, and later a 30-year mail carrier in the village, had worked on the construction crew of the just-completed Hall. Talbot, 14, was home from Manlius Military Academy. Walker, then 8 and later the mother of five, was on her father’s hand most of June 12, 1939.

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