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Jane Clark

HoF Chief ‘Good For Hall, Village’

JEFF IDELSON RETIRING

HoF Chief

‘Good For

Hall, Village’

By JIM KEVLIN

Departing Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson participates in one of the light-hearted events of his tenure: Presenting Homer Simpson with his plaque on May 27, 2017, on the 25th anniversary of “Homer at the Bat.”

COOPERSTOWN – He was there in 2014 when the first sitting president, Barack Obama, visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame, pitching his tourism strategy.
He was there that fall when Little League World Champion pitcher Mo’Ne Davis, a national phenomenon, took a break from Cooperstown All Star Village in Oneonta to donate her jersey to the Hall.
He was there in 2017 on the steps of the Hall’s library to present the plaque inducting Homer Simpson into the Hall on the 25th anniversary of the iconic Simpsons episode, “Homer at the Bat.”
He was there when Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and four other standout ballplayers drew 53,000 fans to the 2018 Induction, the second largest crowd in Hall history.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JAN. 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JAN. 22

Audition For The Chorale

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AUDITIONS – 4-7 p.m. Catskill Choral Society holds auditions for new members and Dox Apprentices. All welcome. Unitarian Universalist Church, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 431-6060 or e-mail ccc@catskillchoralsociety.com or visit CatskillChoralSociety.com

PRESENTATION – 8:30-10 a.m. Jane Clark speaks to Cooperstown Chamber members on the current states of Clark entities & businesses in Cooperstown and provide a look into the future. Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9983 or visit cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2018/1/22/jane-forbes-clark-speaks-to-cooperstown-chamber

Homer Simpson Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame

HALL OF FAME CLASSIC 2017

Homer Simpson

In Baseball Hall

With Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the board, Jon Shestakofsky, VP/communications, and Jeff Idelson, president, right, Homer Jay Simpson of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at the end of a 25th anniversary round-table discussion of The Simpsons TV show’s “Homer At The Bat” episode.  Behind Idelson are fellow Hall of Famers and Power Plant teammates Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith. “If the Cubs can win the World Series and a cartoon can enter the Hall of Fame, there are no rules,” Homer said in his acceptance speech. At right, Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz and Homer pose following the opening of the “Homer at the Bat” exhibit in the Hall of Fame, featuring figures, animation cells and signed memorabilia. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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