Andre Dawson Brings Love of the Game to Cooperstown for Character and Courage Celebration Oct. 9

Hall of Fame Hosts Third Annual Weekend Honoring Sportsmanship Traits; Voices of the Game Event Features Newest Hall of Famer in a Conversational Setting

September 30, 2010
Andre Dawson will be in Cooperstown to participate in a Voices of the Game event on Oct. 9. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Andre Dawson faced his challenges on and off the baseball diamond with an unquenchable determination.

Twenty-one years in the majors proved beyond a doubt Dawson's character and courage was fueled by a passion for the sport. That passion produced eight All-Star Game selections, the 1977 National League Rookie of the Year Award, the 1987 NL Most Valuable Player Award and a legion of fans who adored his all-out effort on every play. His induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer brought many of those fans to Cooperstown to share in Dawson's moment in the sun.

"If you love this game, it will love you back," Dawson said in his memorable July 25 Hall of Fame Induction Speech. Now, Dawson is coming back to Cooperstown to share that love – and some inspiring stories about his career – with baseball fans from around the country.

As part of its third-annual salute to Character and Courage, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will present Columbus Day Weekend programming dedicated to those qualities, highlighted by a Voices of the Game series event in Cooperstown. Dawson will share his insights on the game at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 in the Hall of Fame's Grandstand Theater.

A ticket is required for the event and costs $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available to participants in the Hall of Fame's Membership program immediately by calling 607-547-0397, and any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Oct. 4.

Dawson, an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner and author of 438 big league home runs, spent 21 seasons in the big leagues despite 12 knee operations. He won the 1987 NL Most Valuable Player Award with the last-place Cubs, and finished his career with 1,591 RBI.

Columbus Day Weekend is one of the best times of the year to visit Cooperstown, with moderate temperatures and spectacular landscapes all a part of the Central New York experience. Other programs that will be presented at the Hall of Fame as part of Character and Courage Weekend, all of which are included with Museum admission, include:

The HOME RUN PROJECT – Saturday, Oct. 9, 1-2 p.m., Bullpen Theater
The HOME RUN PROJECT, created by author and professional educator Stan Friedmann, is an interactive, character education / literacy program for children. The HOME RUN PROJECT uses the real-life stories of the people and players of Major League Baseball to encourage critical thinking and writing skills. This program brings children and adults together to learn crucial life lessons, and to share their love of baseball, through real-life stories that are of interest to children, parents and grandparents. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jackie: Cross the Line! – Sunday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Education Gallery
Actor Gregory Gibson Kenney portrays Jackie Robinson, and gives visitors a look at Robinson's life, from growing up in Pasadena, Calif., to being the first to open doors for African Americans in America's game, Major League Baseball.

Roberto: Chat with an Angel – Sunday, Oct. 10, 2-3 p.m., Education Gallery
Actor Gregory Gibson Kenney portrays Pittsburgh Pirates star Roberto Clemente and guides visitors on a journey from his childhood to his legendary career in Major League Baseball. This baseball angel tells a story of desire and determination that shows how he became one of society's most valuable players.

For more information on these programs, please visit www.hofclubhouse.com .

In 2008, the Hall of Fame dedicated the Character and Courage statues in the Museum's foyer. The statues, which depict Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson, celebrate character and courage in baseball and in life, reflecting the achievements of Clemente, Gehrig and Robinson as beacons of these characteristics. Made possible through a gift of Hall of Fame supporter Bob Crotty, the statues are a permanent Museum exhibit.

Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum receive free admission to the Museum, as well as access to exclusive programs, such as the Voices of the Game series. Additionally, members receive a subscription to the Hall of Fame's bi-monthly magazine, Memories and Dreams, the 2010 Hall of Fame yearbook and a 10% discount and free shipping on retail purchases. For information on becoming a member, please visit baseballhall.org or call 607-547-0397.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day through the day before Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $16.50 for adults (13 and over), $11 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $6 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.