Game changer

Tee off for the round of a lifetime with Hall of Famers at Cooperstown Golf Classic

May 02, 2011
Andre Dawson is one of six Hall of Famers who will participate in the June 18 Cooperstown Golf Classic. (Milo Stewart Jr./Baseball Hall of Fame)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – At his athletic peak, Andre Dawson excelled at all phases of the game of baseball.

Twenty-one seasons of big league ball took their toll on his knees, but at the age of 56 Dawson still looks like he could compete in any sport.

Golfers beware: The Hawk is learning your game.

Dawson is one of six Hall of Famers who will participate in the Cooperstown Golf Classic June 18 at the beautiful Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown, N.Y. The Classic, a fundraiser for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and its programs, gives fans the chance at the ultimate round of golf Father's Day Weekend at the home of baseball.

"I'm really looking forward to the Cooperstown Golf Classic, to share the experience with fans in Cooperstown," said Dawson, who was enshrined in the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2010. "I'm starting to get a little bit better as a golfer. And as long as it's a scramble, I'm going to have fun."

The format for the Cooperstown Golf Classic is a scramble, with golfers of all skill levels welcome. The event is limited to 24 participants, and all golfers will have the chance to play with a Hall of Famer.

Dawson will join a star-studded list of teammates that include Hall of Famers Goose Gossage, Phil Niekro, Tony Pérez, Jim Rice and Ozzie Smith. The event begins Friday night, June 17, with an exclusive cocktail reception in the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery with the Hall of Fame team captains. On Saturday morning, a private breakfast precedes the tournament.

Each golfer also receives a Hall of Fame Classic gift bag, a golf shirt and a foursome photo. An awards luncheon concludes the event. Saturday afternoon, participants will experience a behind-the-scenes Hall of Fame archival tour, taking you into the heart of the Museum's collections.

Every golfer will also receive two Grandstand seats for the Sunday, June 19, Hall of Fame Classic, two tickets to the Saturday evening Voices of the Game event and a Hall of Fame President's Circle Membership.

The Cooperstown Golf Classic will feature golfers of all levels, with the Hall of Famers' skill sets ranging from world-class to weekend warrior.

"I was just talking to Ozzie Smith about his golf game, because he golfs at all the great courses," Dawson said. "The game is new to me, (and) I don't think I'll ever be a great golfer. I am good for one long putt and a good drive, and that seems to get the juices flowing. I have fun."

A handful of spots remain for golfers in the Classic. For more information, please call 607-547-0310 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET.

Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum