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Record-Holding Catcher Ted Simmons Tours Hall

Record-Holding Catcher

Ted Simmons Tours Hall

Cardinals, Braves and Brewers catcher Ted Simmons, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame July 26, appeared awestruck as he reviewed the plaques of colleagues during his orientation tour of 25 Main St. this morning.  On retiring, Simmons led all catchers in career hits and doubles and ranked second in RBIs behind Yogi Berra and second in total bases behind Carlton Fisk.   His was the second orientation tour of Class of 2020 members, following Larry Walker on Tuesday.  Eric Strohl, the Hall’s vice president, Exhibitions & Collections, led the tour, stopping first at fellow Cardinal Bob Gibson’s, a pitcher.  “He showed me what a Major League pitcher could do,” said Simmons, who at the time of a 20-year-old rookie.  With Derek Jeter in the class, this year’s Induction crowd might break Cal Ripken Jr.’s record of 84,000. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 22

Music Of West Africa

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WORLD MUSIC – 8 p.m. – Contemporary West African music performed by world-renowned vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sona Jobarteh at West Kortright Center. $28 Non-members($32 day of); $24 Members ($28 day of); $10 under 19; free 8 and under. 49 W Kortright Church Rd, East Meredith. Info, (607) 278-5454, www.westkc.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 19

Volunteer With SPCA

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ORIENTATION – 6 p.m. Volunteer Orientation for the Susquehanna SPCA. Get a guided tour and learn what positions are available. Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 St. Hwy. 28, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-9371.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Animal Shelter Fundraiser

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MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER – 6 – 8 p.m. Celebrate wonderful life of Dr. Gahleb with wife Jill, Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Cost, $100/person includes 2 drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. RSVP by 9/20. Veranda, The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 607-547-8111 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

BENEFIT 5K/MILE – 9 a.m. Run/walk in Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K to benefit the Riverside Back Pack Program, providing Oneonta school children food over the weekend. Registration from 8-8:45 a.m. Cost day-of, $25 for 5K, $15 for Mile. Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3337 or visit oneonta.sodexomyway.com/explore/mindful_mile

‘Pudge’ Rodriguez Inspired By Bench, Clemente Plaques

‘Pudge’ Rodriguez Inspired

By Bench, Clemente Plaques

Baseball Hall of Fame 2017 inductee Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, “widely regarded as the best defensive catcher of all time,” according to Wikipedia, responded to bilingual questioning from a phalanx of reporters in an “availability” now underway at 25 Main St., Cooperstown.  Rodriguez said he was particularly inspired by the plaques of fellow catcher Johnny Bench, as well as Roberto Clemente and Nolan Ryan.  “The whole museum is great,” he said.   All inductees undergo a similar orientation prior to the big day, Sunday, July 30.  Inset at right his his wife, Patricia Gomez, who was being interviewed separately in the Hall of Plaques.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO,com)

Atlanta Braves President Gets Orientation At Hall
Schuerholz In ’17 Induction Class

Atlanta Braves President

Gets Orientation At Hall

2017 Inductee John Schuerholz, left, chats with Erik Strohl, vice president/exhibitions & collections, during the former Atlanta Braves president’s orientation visit this morning at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Behind him are plaques of “buddies” he worked with during his MLB career.  The inductee worked for the Baltimore Orioles in 1966-69 before becoming the GM for the Kansas City Royals in 1981-90, then GM with the Braves in 1990-07, when he was promoted to president. “The epitome of my career was when Jane (Clark) called me at 5:13 p.m. when I was in my hotel room in Maryland and told me, ‘John, you’ve been elected into the Hall of Fame’.” During his visit, Schuerholz signed his name on a marker showing where his plaque will be, an innovation this year.  Induction is July 30. (Emily Murphy/AllOTSEGO.com)

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