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January 9, 2014

Cooperstown reacts to HOF class

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Patricia Szarpa, executive director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, said there haven’t been six inductees in one year since 1971, which is a “definitely exciting” development. 

Local seasonal businesses, particularly those focused on baseball, will be happy about the economic influence of this year’s Hall class, she said.

“The impact is huge,” Szarpa said.

Telephone inquiries about accommodations started in January last year and increased with announcements Wednesday and in December about inductees, Szarpa said.

Szarpa said the chamber has 175 members who offer accommodations, including motels, bed-and-breakfast lodges and campgrounds. The chamber is looking into the availability of accommodations beyond the area, she said, and urging callers to make reservations now.

A recording at the Cooperstown Lakeview Lodge said Wednesday that its accommodations for Induction Weekend already were sold out.

Last year, no living honorees were recognized at induction ceremonies, which negatively impacted attendance and local tourism.

“Last year was a quiet year, to say the least,” Tony Zieno, president and owner of the Cooperstown Cookie Co., said. “This is a bounce-back year for the Hall _ if it’s good for the Hall, it’s good for Cooperstown.”

The Cooperstown Cookie Co., which produces and sells baseball-themed cookies, has a kiosk at the Seventh Inning Stretch at 137 Main St. in the village, he said.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Events include a celebration featuring history and music Aug. 2, with a concert by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

Zieno said having events in addition to the induction fosters tourism and helps business.

“The more you keep the momentum going, the better,” Zieno said. “I’m looking for great things for the Cooperstown Cookie Company.”

Also, Zieno said, the class is remarkable because it includes baseball icons from the past 30 years.

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