Bench to appear at golf classic today
National Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench will be the featured guest for The Business Council of New York State's fifth annual Business Council Member Golf Classic, which is scheduled for today in Cooperstown.
A 14-time All-Star for the Cincinnati Reds, Bench also will join members for a reception and dinner at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. Afterward, he will serve as the keynote speaker at an exclusive reception in the Plaque Gallery of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
For more information, visit bcnys.org/whatsnew/events/MemberGolfClassic.htm.
Oneonta State track meet tonight
The Oneonta State athletic department will host Twilight Track & Field meets at 7 p.m. today and at 7 p.m. July 31. The meets are free.
Events include the 50-meter dash, the 100, the 200, the 400, the 800, the mile, the 3,000 and the high jump (if facilities are available).
YMCA/Outlaws 5K set for Wednesday
The Oneonta Family YMCA/Oneonta Outlaws 5K Fun Run will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday outside Damaschke Field.
The course will follow the former Tiger Run course and finishes near home plate. All timing will end at 6:40 p.m., 20 minutes before the start of the Outlaws game against Elmira.
For more information or an application, call the YMCA at 607-432-0010 or visit oneontaymca.org.
Next Authors Series event Friday
The National Baseball Hall of Fame will continue its Authors Series at 2 p.m. Friday in the Bullpen Theater.
The series features special lectures and book signings and is included with regular museum admission.
Friday's installment is "Rick Ferrell: Knuckleball Catcher" by Kerrie Ferrell.
Other installments are as follows:
July 24: "Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan" by Rob Fitts, 1 p.m. Aug. 14: "Fenway Park: The Centennial" by Saul Wisnia, 1 p.m. Aug. 28: "Fenway Park: A Salute to the Coolest, Cruelest, Longest-Running Major League Baseball Stadium in America" by John Powers and Ron Driscoll, 1 p.m.
Ozzie to PLAY Ball on Friday
National Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith will host his 11th annual PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith event from 8 a.m.-noon Friday in Cooperstown.
The Education Ambassador for the Hall, Smith will welcome fellow Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk and Paul Molitor as his guests during the event.
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 and special mementos.
PLAY Ball begins at 8 a.m. Friday with an exclusive morning reception in the Hall's Plaque Gallery. Following photos, stories and interaction with their Hall of Fame guides, participants visit a Cooperstown-area diamond to receive two hours of instruction from Smith and his Hall of Fame guests.
A limited number of spots remain and reservations are required. Cost is $600 for museum members and $800 for non-members.
For more information, call 607-547-0397 or visit baseballhall.org.
Parade of Legends set for Saturday
The National Baseball Hall of Fame's annual Parade of Legends will start at 6 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in Cooperstown.
The hour-long parade, featuring Class of 2012 inductee Barry Larkin and more than 40 other Hall of Famers, will follow the Hall's Awards Presentation at Doubleday Field.
The Awards Presentation, which starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, will honor J.G. Taylor Spink winner Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun (baseball writing) and Ford C. Frick winner Tim McCarver (broadcast excellence) of Fox Sports.
A celebration of the three living managers who have guided the St. Louis Cardinals to World Series titles _ Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa _ also will be a part of the Awards Presentation.
Admission to the Awards Presentation is free.
The Awards Presentation will be shown on MLB Network at 12:30 p.m. Sunday as a lead-in to the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Clark Sports Center.
Larkin and the late Ron Santo will be inducted this year.
Sunday's Outlaws game is free
Admission will be free for Sunday's Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League meeting between the Cooperstown Hawkeyes and the host Oneonta Outlaws, who will play at 5 p.m. at Damaschke Field on Home Care Night.
At Home Care and First Community Care of Bassett will sponsor the event, which will feature prizes.
Girls basketball camp starts Sunday
The Oneonta State women's basketball program will host an overnight/commuter camp for girls ages 10-18 from Sunday through July 25.
The camp is designed to develop fundamentals. Camp counselors include present team members.
Cost is $295 for residents and $255 for commuters. A non-refundable deposit of $35 is required with each application.
Applications and other forms are available at oneontaathletics.com. Full payments are required with registrations.
For more information, call O-State women's basketball coach Daphne Thompson at 607-436-2360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Football camp to run July 23-26
Former Unatego varsity football coach Art Rigas will conduct the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club's Football Camp, which runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 23-26 at the Sixth Ward Booster Club Field. The field is on Scramling Ave. in Oneonta, across the street from the OBGC.
Cost is $25 for the camp, which is designed for boys ages 8-12. Campers will be grouped by age.
For more information, call the OBGC at 607-432-1133.
Cooperstown soccer registration open
Registration for the Cooperstown Soccer Club's fall season will remain open through July 27.
Players in grades K-6 from Cooperstown, Milford, Cherry Valley, Edmeston and other local communities may join. For more information, visit coopsoccerclub.com, call Alicia Chase at 607-267-1483, or email email@example.com.
Women's golf tourney July 28
The Stamford Women's Golf Association will host its eighth annual Queen of the Catskills Golf Tournament on July 28 at the Stamford Golf Club.
Registration ends July 20 for the tournament, which will feature a $10,000 hole-in-one prize on the par-3 eighth hole. To register, call Yolanda Trappenburg at 607-652-9094, Lucienne Jessen at 518-441-8852, or Joyce Jaret at 607-538-1049. For more information, visitstamfordgolfclub.com or call 607-652-7398.
The course will re-open to the public at 2 p.m. July 28.
O-State soccer camp starts July 30
The Oneonta State men's soccer team will host its 37th annual summer soccer camps from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 30-Aug. 3 at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.
Head coach Iain Byrne, his staff and players will run the Dragon Camp (ages 6-14) and the Elite Camp (high school players only) for boys and girls.
Cost is $125 per week, with a $10 discount for additional family members. The camps offer free supervision from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
To receive a brochure or for more information, call Byrne at 607-436-2102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunter education course Aug. 6-9
The Davenport Fire Department will host a New York State Hunter Education Course from 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 6, 8 and 9.
The class is limited to 30 students. To register, call Losie's Gun Shop at 607-432-6452.
Oneonta fishing derby set for Aug. 11
The Susquehanna Bass Association will host the City of Oneonta's 55th annual Fishing Derby for youths ages 5-15 at 4 p.m. Aug. 11 at Hodges Pond in Neahwa Park. Participants must have their own poles, bait/lures and clean buckets to carry their catches during the free catch-and-release competition.
Event-day registration will begin at 3 p.m. The derby, which will last an hour, will follow. For more information, call the recreation office at 607-432-0680.
Oneonta Little League bus trip Aug. 25
Oneonta Little League is offering a bus trip to Citi Field in New York on Aug. 25, when the Mets host the Houston Astros.
Tickets cost $65 per person and include admission to the game and bus transportation to and from the stadium by Eastern Travel. Alcohol is prohibited.
Checks should be made payable to Oneonta Little League and mailed to 120 Park Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.
For more information, email Terry Zimmer at email@example.com.