Sandomir: In Cooperstown, baseball author Jeff Katz is also its manager

From Richard Sandomir at the New York Times on July 24, 2014, on SABR member Jeff Katz:

As the mayor of Cooperstown, N.Y., Jeff Katz is inclined to promote all of the village’s attractions, not just the Baseball Hall of Fame.

This week, after the opening of “An American Tragedy,” an opera by Tobias Picker, at the Glimmerglass Festival, Katz found himself in notable nonbaseball company.

“It was a perfect Cooperstown moment; Tobias rented a house for a party — there were Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oliver Sacks and Jonathan Miller,” he said, referring to Sacks, a neurologist and writer, and Miller, a legendary theatrical and opera director. “Oliver had written about Picker, who has Tourette’s, and I’m talking to Justice Ginsburg about Cooperstown economic development.”

He added, “It had nothing to do with baseball.”

But baseball is often on his mind, and not just because the Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony Sunday will import tens of thousands of fans to a village with a permanent population of 1,852.

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Originally published: July 26, 2014. Last Updated: July 26, 2014.