Cooperstown Crier - Your Source for Hometown News - Cooperstown, Baseball Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

August 1, 2013

Induction Weekend still benefits community

Each year many people come to Cooperstown to celebrate and join in the festivities of the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. For the local community, the weekend usually means increased business and a chance to share in a baseball tradition.

For Cooperstown Central School students this weekend represents their biggest fundraiser for the sophomore, junior and senior classes. About 75 students helped to sell concessions during the weekend along with about 40 parents and the class advisers, said Nick Marcantino, a teacher and adviser for the senior class.

“This used to be our largest fundraiser, but with the weather and crowds we’ll have to do more fundraisers throughout the year,” said Marge Schleining, a teacher and adviser for the junior class who has been participating in this event for the past 20 years.

The students toted trays full of sodas and chips, much like the ones used during baseball games, to deliver their goods to the people before the Induction Ceremony began. Coca-Cola even offered an incentive to the most motivated salesperson; the student who sold the most would get two tickets to Six Flags.

The goal was to raise $3,000 by selling hot dogs, chips and soda this weekend but they were unsure they would meet that mark because of poor weather and dwindling crowds on Sunday, Schleining said.

Though Schleining seemed disappointed with the turnout she said, “We are fortunate that the Hall of Fame gives us the exclusivity to sell (concessions) at this event.”

The majority of the profits go to the senior class for its prom and senior class trip to Washington and Baltimore, Marcantino said.

“Just to see the players alone is enough for me,” Marcantino continued.

James Ferrara, manager of the Hard Ball Café, said it was a good weekend for July but not like other Induction Weekends in the past.

Text Only
Hall of Fame
  • La Russa humbled by Hall visit A modest and self-effacing Tony La Russa answered questions from the media during his orientation tour at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Groundbreaking surgeon Frank Jobe fondly remembered Dr. Frank Jobe, a physician whose work is responsible for saving the careers of numerous major league baseball players, died on March 6 at the age of 88.

    March 13, 2014

  • Maddux, La Russa choose not to choose HOF caps (AP) -- Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa will not have logos on their National Baseball Hall of Fame plaques, the Cooperstown shrine announced Thursday.

    January 24, 2014

  • Autumn Glory Exhibit open The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown has unveiled its new "Autumn Glory" exhibit, which honors the World Series championship of the 2013 Boston Red Sox.

    December 5, 2013

  • coop0919ErikStrohl Baseball HOF promotes three employees Three members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's senior staff have been promoted to vice president, Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson announced on Tuesday.

    September 19, 2013 3 Photos

  • HOF to offer 'VIP Experience' again The legends and heroes of the national pastime call Cooperstown home. But for a few days this fall and next spring, fans can experience the Hall of Fame through an exclusive in-depth exploration.

    September 19, 2013

  • Hall changes process for Frick Award The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Board of Directors has restructured the procedures for the Ford C. Frick Award selection process, refining the criteria and organizing candidates by era, with changes effective immediately.

    September 12, 2013

  • coop0822clarkpic Earliest ideas about creating a Hall of Fame exist in museum's archive Some eight decades ago, before there was a National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, folks in and around the game were hoping to somehow honor the National Pastime with a centennial celebration at what was thought to be the birthplace of the sport.

    August 22, 2013 1 Photo

  • coop0822fingerspic Fingers to host Otesaga Senior Open His big league career was built on helping others - preserving 341 wins for teammates. This September, Rollie Fingers will reprise his most famous role in Cooperstown, helping a group of special students and connecting with fans at the 31st annual Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open and Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

    August 21, 2013 1 Photo

  • coop0815baseracepic Race encourages being a 'Superior Example' The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Clark Sports Center teamed up for the second annual BASE Race on Sunday.

    August 15, 2013 1 Photo

New Today!
House Ads
Featured Comment
Poll

How do you like our new website?

Its great!
Its ok
Not very much
I dont like it at all
     View Results