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June 9, 2014

Step Back in Time: June 9, 2014

25 years agoJune 9, 1989

Oneonta’s Clay Bellinger has played baseball ever since his T-Ball days in Neahwa Park. Now he’ll be getting paid for paying the game he loves.

“This is something I’ve always dreamed of,” said Bellinger, after signing a contract with the San Francisco Giants Thursday morning. The Giants had chosen Bellinger as their second pick Monday in the annual free agent draft.

Bellinger, a 1986 graduate of Oneonta High School who played at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., the past three years, will leave Sunday for Everett, Wash., for a period of training with the rest of the Giants’ draftees. He then will be assigned to either the Everett Giants of the Class A Northwest League or the Pocatello, Idaho, Giants, of the Pioneer League, which carries a rookie classification, in time for the season openers in both leagues June 16. The indications are Bellinger will be playing regularly for the Everett Giants at shortstop.

Both the Northwest and Pioneer Leagues play a short season that runs through the end of August, similar to that of the Oneonta Yankees in the New York-Penn league.

50 years agoJune 9, 1964

Oneonta and area residents will have their final glimpse June 23 of the details to be included in the Susquehanna River basin survey now being conducted by specialists under the direction of the United States Department of Agriculture.

On the evening of June 23, at Morris Hall on the SUCO campus, Ivan McKeever, Pennsylvania State Conservationist, will be in Oneonta to explain the problems of the river, the view taken by the department in developing the natural resources for better use, and any local views that may be expressed.

All this is a part of the basin study of the river and all its tributaries now being made by a team working here under the supervision of Work Unit Conservationist Royce Brower of Oneonta.

Material gleaned from the various tributary areas plus the course of the main river will be made available to several federal agencies including the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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