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John Smoltz

Oneonta Airport Hosts Fewer Planes For Induction, But Has a Few Surprises

HALL OF FAME WEEKEND 2015

Oneonta Airport Hosts Fewer Planes

For Induction, But Sees a Few Surprises

As Induction weekend begins, air traffic has increased at the Oneonta Airport thanks to many of the inductees. 'This is the busiest season for our airport' said Dennis Finn, Commissioner Chair for the Oneonta Municipal airport. "There aren't as many as last year. The Yankees and the Mets have not come in, but John Smaltz (Atlanta Braves pitcher and 2015 Inductee) flew in two planes for himself and his family." There have also been a few surprises, like unannounced aircraft dropping people off and a fly-by by a dirigible advertising the upcoming Peanuts movie which cruised down the runway about 30ft off the ground. For now, the plans have been arranged in case more come in, but none are expected. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com
As Induction Weekend begins, air traffic has increased at the Oneonta Airport, thanks to the inductees and guests flying in for the big day. “This is the busiest season for our airport,” said Dennis Finn, Commissioner Chair for the Oneonta Municipal Airport. “There aren’t as many planes  as last year. The Yankees and the Mets have not come, but John Smoltz (Atlanta Braves pitcher and 2015 Inductee) flew in two planes for himself and his family.” There have also been a few surprises, several unannounced aircraft have dropped people off and a fly-by a dirigible advertising the upcoming Peanuts movie cruised down the runway 30ft off the ground. For now, the plans have been arranged in case more come in, but none are expected. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com
The Peanuts Blimp passes by the Oneonta Municiple Airport before heading back towards Cooperstown. (Contributed by Dan Bentley)
The Peanuts Blimp passes by the Oneonta Municipal Airport before heading back towards Cooperstown. (Contributed by Dan Bentley)
48,000 Expected For Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION 2015

48,000 Due In Cooperstown

For Hall of Fame Weekend

Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw
Jeff Foxworthy
Jeff Foxworthy

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for allotsego.com

COOPERSTOWN – Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw are among the 48,000 people expected to visit Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend.

Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are scheduled to be inducted into the Hall of Plaques at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in ceremonies outside the Clark Sports Center.

“We’re excited!” said Craig Muder, the Hall’s director of communications.  “This is what we live for!”

Biggio brings in a big turnout from his fellow Astros, including players Jeff Bagwell, Enos Cabell, Casey Candaele, Adam Everett, Charley Kerfeld and Bill Spiers, as well as owner Jim Crane, former managers Larry Dierker, Phil Garner and Art Howe, Reid Ryan, president of business operations, president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow and former coach Matt Galante.

Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Beeston and Tigers president Dave Dombrowski will also be in town, as well as Tommy Harper; Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry; Dodgers president Stan Kasten; and Braves president John Schuerholz.

John Smoltz Gets Hall Orientation, Following Craig Biggio; 4 More To Go

John Smoltz Gets Hall Orientation,

Following Craig Biggio; 2 More To Go

JohnSmoltz, the former Atlanta Brave who is in this year's four-player Induction Class at the Baseball Hall of Fame, is facing a phalanx of photographers and reporters at this hour in the Hall of Plaque as he undergoes his pre-Induction orientation.  Houston Astro Craig Biggio went through orientation last week, which leaves Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez to round out the class.  (JIm Kevlin/allotsego.com)
John Smoltz, the former Atlanta Brave who is in this year’s four-player Induction Class at the Baseball Hall of Fame, is facing a phalanx of photographers and reporters at this hour in the Hall of Plaques as he undergoes his pre-Induction orientation. Houston Astro Craig Biggio went through orientation last week, which leaves Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez to round out the class.  Last year, covering the Induction for the MLB Network, he told reporters, he was asked, Will you be back next year?  “I”ll be covering it,” he replied.  “Or I’ll never be covering it again.”  (JIm Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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