GOHS Hosts Jim Konstanty Exhibit With Personal Items On Display
The Greater Oneonta Historical Society's History Center, 183 Main Street, presents “Jim Konstanty & the World Series” during the month of October. Helen Rees shares her collection of memorabilia from her father’s professional baseball career. Konstanty (1917-1976) played for five teams during his eleven years in the major leagues. Although also a starting pitcher, he is considered baseball's first specialist as a relief pitcher. He was the Most Valuable Player in the National League in 1950 and pitched in that year’s World Series for the Philadelphia Phillies. The display is the latest in a monthly series called "Oneonta Collects History", featuring collections of GOHS members and friends.
Also on display are two box seats from the historic Damaschke Field grandstand. The grandstand, razed in Fall 2019, was a Depression-era project of the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A). The box seats are now part of GOHS' permanent collection. More information about the grandstand, including photos of its final days, can be found at http://Grandstand.GOHSTours.com/