PLAY Ball today in Cooperstown
National Baseball Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry will be the featured guests during the Hall of Fame Weekend’s annual PLAY Ball event, which runs from 8-11 a.m. today in Cooperstown.
The Hall originally announced that Rickey Henderson would participate in the event, but Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in runs and stolen bases has been replaced by two-time Cy Young Award winner and Hall of Fame pitcher Perry.
PLAY Ball is a museum fundraiser that supports the Hall’s educational programs and internship scholarships. Participants receive on-field, round-robin interaction with the Hall of Famers, along with special mementos to commemorate their experiences.
The event begins at 8 a.m. with an exclusive reception in the Hall’s Plaque Gallery. Following photos and stories, PLAY Ball participants will receive two hours of instruction from their Hall of Fame guides at a Cooperstown-area diamond.
A limited number of spaces for PLAY Ball remain, and a reservation is required. Event pricing is $450 for museum members and $600 for non-members. To reserve a spot, call 607-547-0397.
PLAY Ball is part of Hall of Fame Weekend, which will be highlighted by Sunday’s inductions of Hank O’Day, Jacob Ruppert and Deacon White.
The Hall will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
Golf tournament set for Aug. 28
The fourth annual NOT Going Back-to-School Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Otsego and Delaware County Retired Teachers’ Associations, will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Aug. 28 at Colonial Ridge Golf in Laurens.
Cost to enter the captain-and-crew tournament is $40 and includes 18 holes, cart, prizes and a Brooks’ House of BBQ lunch. Cost for Colonial Ridge members is $30. Non-golfers may have lunch for $12.
The tournament is limited to the first 18 teams that register. Golfers may enter as individuals and will be placed on teams.
For more information, call Rebeca Byam at 607-432-3509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 18.
Checks should be made out to Colonial Ridge Golf and mailed to Byam at 247 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY 13829.
Sidney to host road race Saturday
The Cullman Community Days 5K Race/Walk will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Keith Clark Park in Sidney.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Keith Clark Park. Entry fee is $10, which includes snacks and water at the finish line, along with awards for overall winners and age-group winners.
Proceeds from the race will go to the Sidney High School Varsity Letters Club.
For more information, contact Paul Sims at email@example.com.
Archery league starts Monday
West End Archery is accepting sign-ups for its eight-week Fall Techno Hunt League, which starts Monday.
For more information, call 607-432-4947 or visit West End Archery at 435 Chestnut St. in Oneonta.
Sidney youth football sign-ups set
Sidney Youth Football will hold equipment handouts and sign-up nights from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Sidney Civic Center’s third floor, above the DMV.
Youths in grades K-6 may play. The organization also is offering flag football for youths in grades K-2.
Youths in grades 3-6 who already have registered must attend one of the nights for equipment handout.
Those who still need to register must bring a copy of the player’s birth certificate and registration fee ($45 for youth football; $30 for flag football).
Practices begin Aug. 5. For more information, call Jim at 607-643-1267.
All-sport camp starts Monday
The 17th annual Eastman Associates Munchkin All-Sport Camp will run from Monday through Aug. 1 at Oneonta State.
The O-State women’s soccer team will run the camp, which is designed for boys and girls ages 5-12. Activities include badminton, basketball, kickball, racquetball, soccer, T-ball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
Cost is $60 per camper (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) or $90 per camper (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) and includes a T-shirt. Campers should wear athletic attire, including sneakers, and bring their own lunches.
For more information, call camp director and O-State women’s soccer coach Liz McGrail at 607-436-3474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.