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December 12, 2013

HOF ballot offers hope for village shops


“I think the success of induction weekend will come with the players and managers combined,” said McCarty.

The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2014 class on Jan. 8. Last year, no living player was inducted for the first time since 1996, producing a turnout for induction weekend that many Cooperstown residents found disappointing.

McCarty isn’t the only person excited about the prospect of Cox, Maddux and Glavine being inducted in the same year.

“We here at the chamber have experienced a lot of phone calls from Atlanta fans,” said Patricia Szarpa, executive director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce.

Szarpa said that the chamber has been receiving calls from Braves fans about reserving rooms in Cooperstown for 2014 induction weekend all of this year.

She also said that having a manager or player from a northeastern team, such as Torre, will increase turnout.

“It definitely does drive up attendance,” said Szarpa, citing the induction of Cal Ripken Jr., which drew tens of thousands to Cooperstown. “The travel factor is huge.”

Szarpa also said that the the chamber was gearing up for the hall’s 75th anniversary, and that she was optimistic about this year’s Hall of Fame ballot.

“I think we’re going to be pulling from a lot of different areas,” said Szarpa.

At New York Pizzeria, Art Boden is also predicting large crowds.

“I think anytime a Yankee is on the ballot you can shut Cooperstown down,” said Boden, noting the prevalence of Yankee’s fans in the area and around the world.

He also expressed excitement for the Braves fans who will come to see Cox’s induction and, he hopes, Maddux’s and Glavine’s.

As for how this will effect New York Pizzeria, Boden said that they normally just get overflow business from the tourists, but that signs were pointing to a very good year.

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