By CHARLIE VASCELLARO • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN — Like Dorothy taking her first steps on the Yellow Brick Road in the Land of Oz, first time visitors to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are often advised that “it’s always best to start at the beginning” moving in a linear and chronological fashion through the game’s formative years and early history.
Returning visitors to the museum and more seasoned veterans might make a beeline to a new installation or favorite exhibit moving through the museum at their own pace or in a more unorthodox fashion; like former New York Met Jimmy Piersall circling the bases backwards when he hit his 100th career home run.
The Hall of Fame’s new “Starting Nine: The Must-See Artifacts from Your Team” and “Ultimate Fan Experience” allow fans to carve their own path through the museum on an interactive scavenger hunt through their favorite teams’ histories.
Devised by the Hall of Fame’s curatorial staff, “Starting Nine” highlights nine team-specific objects for each team, culled from tens of 1,000s of artifacts in the Hall’s collection.
Visitors can begin their journeys almost anywhere they choose after receiving a team “line-up card” available at the Hall on its mobile website.
Looking through teams’ Starting Nine lineup cards, the game’s history and evolution unfolds and stirs the reflective imagination and makes one realize the depth of the Hall of Fame’s collection, including:
The catcher’s mitt that Yogi Berra wore when he caught Don Larsen’s perfect World Series game in 1956;
Roberto Clemente’s retired No. 21 Pittsburgh Pirates jersey;
By CHARLIE VASCELLARO • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
It came as a surprise to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the baseball community at large when Tim Mead stepped down from his position as President of the Hall of Fame after less than two years on the job.
What would seem to be the dream job for almost anyone who works in the baseball industry was never fully realized for Mead whose brief tenure coincided with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and was marred by the unprecedented passing of 10 members of the Hall of Fame in about a year.
“What Dale and Jeff (former presidents Petrosky and Idelson, respectively) had been able to accomplish in terms of the travel and all, obviously we had 10 Hall of Famers pass away and we weren’t able to attend those services, the only one I was able to go to was Whitey Ford’s mass and Jeff was able to fly in from San Francisco for that one,” Mead said in an interview before his departure from the Hall on May 15.
With the 2021 baseball season underway and the Hall of Fame announcing its decision to hold this year’s induction ceremony indoors in a custom-made television studio*, and without fans in attendance, Mead announced his decision to step down from his post on April 16.
“It’s particularly tough with family being back (in California),” he said. “I have a grandson that is 30 months old and a granddaughter coming in September. That aspect of things has been a bit more challenging than perhaps I allowed myself to believe it would be.
Mead was hired to replace Idelson in June of 2019, presiding over the Hall of Fame’s 2019 Induction and represented the Hall of Fame at the Major League All-Star game in Cleveland.
PROGRAM – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Learn to make your own oil diffuser and about the benefits of aromatherapy. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/calendar/
FILM SCREENING – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Showing “Smacked: Addiction & Recovery in Rural America” showing how/why people become addicted to heroin and what the medical, law, education systems are doing to combat it. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-432-0090 or visit www.facebook.com/LEAFinc/
OPENING DAY – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kick of the 45th season the museum with guided tours of the water-powered sawmill, gristmill, woodworking workshop. Admission $9/adult. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. Call 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org
OPEN MIC POETRY – 3 p.m. The Barn welcomes those of you who would like to share your poetry with others on a summer afternoon at the Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd., Cherry Valley. www.windfalldutchbarn.com/events.html
ENGINE SHOW – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Engine enthusiasts from across the state join together to display their prized antique crank engines from the 1900s. Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Call (607)547-9692 or visit www.flycreekcidermill.com
RENAISSANCE FAIR – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dress in a period costume and take a step back in time on this 2nd day of the faire. There will be vendors, crafters, games, Celtic step dancers, and other performers. Enjoy a pig roast and other food vendors. Admission, $5. Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd., Cherry Valley. www.windfalldutchbarn.com/renaissance-fair.html
SUMMER SUNDAY SERIES – 1-3 p.m. Woodworking was an important resource for early settlers. Join Jack Ewen as he describes the techniques used such as carving, turning, splitting, drilling and even decorating with twigs. He will also provide examples. Junction of Wilcox Ave. & Henry St., Oneonta. Call 607-287-7011 or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/summer-sunday-2017/
SUMMER SUNDAY SERIES – 1-3 p.m. Learn about Aluminumware with Jim & Diana Hickling. Learn its history from a collector and share your own stories. Junction of Wilcox Ave. & Henry St., Oneonta. swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com
SQUARE DANCE – 5-9 p.m. An evening of Round and Square dancing with Dr. Weismore. All persons age 18+ are invited. Cost, $9 per person. Oneonta Moose Club, 87 W. Broadway St., Oneonta. Contact Sandy @ 988-7753
GUITAR BASICS – 5-7 p.m. Free workshop with instructor John Arlet to learn to play guitar. Bring your own instrument. Space is limited. Registration required. The Library Room at The Turning Point, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Info, www.friendsofrecoverydo.org/events
SUNY THEATER – 8 p.m. Theater department production of “Colony Collapse.” Hamblin Theater, Fine Arts Building, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info, oneonta.edu/academics/theatre/
SANTA TRAIN – 2-4:30 p.m. Afternoon train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpers with holiday music, goodies and refreshments. Dress. Tickets $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 for children (3-12), under 3 free. Weekends through Dec. 17., reservations required, seating limited. Milford Depot, 136 East Main Street, Milford. Info, reservations, (607) 432-2429 or visit www.lrhs.com.
COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 5:30 p.m. Santa arrives at his Christmas Cottage in Pioneer Park, Cooperstown.
FAMILY FLOAT NIGHT – 6:45-7:30 p.m. Family fun in YMCA pool Members free, family $18, youth $5. Oneonta Family YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, oneontaymca.org