COOPERSTOWN – The ball Howie Kendrick hit off the right-field pole for the go-ahead run in the Washington Nationals’ World Series victory over the Houston Astros is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame after last night’s final game.
Following the Nationals’ 6-2 win in Game 7 on Wednesday night, the team and players donated several artifacts that tell the story of their victory to the Hall, and those pieces will soon take a permanent place in Cooperstown.
ONEONTA – Jim Konstanty, the Major League player from Oneonta who returned home to serve as Hartwick College’s director of athletic in 1967-72, will be inducted into the college’s athletic Hall of Fame Friday, Sept. 20.
Other honorees will be men’s soccer player Art Napolitano ’78, water polo goalkeeper Jess Dorman ’11, men’s basketball forward Jared Suderley ’14, and women’s basketball guard Maria Foglia ’14.
The ceremony in Shineman Chapel House will begin 6 p.m. Dinner is $50 for adults; $10 for children.
Konstanty, who also operated Konstanty’s sporting goods store for decades in Oneonta’s downtown, will be inducted posthumously.
RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Exhibition opening “Ceramics & Photo Journals: Capturing the Process.” Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St, Cherry Valley. For more information visit their website at http://cherrybranchgallery.com/ or call (607)264-9530.
Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, a Chicago Cubs fan from his days at the Mercantile Exchange, sends greetings from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, where his beloved Cubbies are facing the Indians this evening in the World Series. If the Cubs win, it will be their first championship since 1908. In addition to serving as mayor, Katz is a published baseball writer with two books to his credit and an aficionado of America’s Pastime.