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The Wisdom Of Sam Nader

The Wisdom Of Sam Nader

Emerging From Depression, World War II, Ex-Mayor’s
Generation Focused On Family, Hard Work, Community

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

One of Sam Nader’s favorite photos records Don Mattingly Day at Yankee Stadium in 1995, when George Steinbrenner called the owner of the Oneonta Yankees onto the field to receive the fans’ accolades for his contributions to baseball.

At the time Sam Nader’s Oneonta Athletic Association was affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, the MLB team allocated a certain number of baseballs per season to its Minor League teams.

Anything over was a local team’s responsibility.

At the end of the Oneonta Tigers first season, Sam Nader tallied baseballs used, and mailed a check.

The phone rang. It was Detroit. “What’s this for?” he was asked.

“That’s our share for the baseballs,” Sam replied.

“I’m sending the check back,” said the nonplussed accountant. “None of our teams ever paid anything like that.”

Honesty.

That, according to his son John, was one of the cornerstones of the Wisdom of Sam Nader, the former mayor and Oneonta Yankees owner who passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 101, in his home at 96 River St. in his beloved Sixth Ward.

While his son John, 7, looks on in awe, Sam Nader is sworn in as mayor of Oneonta in January 1962.

Nader Inaugurated As College President

ONEONTAN LEADS FARMINGDALE 

Nader Inaugurated

As College President

Former Oneonta mayor John S. Nader pauses to chat with students at SUNY Farmingdale’s  earlier this week in advance of his inauguration as college president at 11 a.m. today in the Long Island school’s Nold Athletic Complex.  Nader, who had been SUNY Delhi provost for several years before his appointment as SUNY Farmingdale president last summer, was “invested with the rights and responsibilities of the office” by SUNY Trustees’ chairman Carl McCall.  Attendees included Nader’s latest successor at City Hall, Gary Herzig. More details, photos forthcoming. (SUNY Farmingdale photo)
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