Andre Dawson Returns to Cooperstown for Character and Courage Celebration Oct. 9

Third Annual Weekend Honors Sportsmanship Traits with Columbus Day Weekend Programming

August 30, 2010
2010 Hall of Fame inductee Andre Dawson will be celebrated during Columbus Day Weekend in Cooperstown. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Andre Dawson played the game with honor, integrity, respect and an unrivaled determination.

Those traits earned him eight All-Star Game selections and a Hall of Fame plaque. Now, two months after his Cooperstown induction, the versatile outfielder is once again being honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for his character and courage, two qualities that defined his career.

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, fresh off his moving Induction Speech July 25 as part of Hall of Fame Weekend, 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 Sept. 13 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 National League Most Valuable Player Award with the last-place Cubs, and finished his career with 1,591 RBI.

"I'm living proof that if you love this game, the game will love you back," said Dawson is his memorable July 25 Induction Speech.

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. A full list of Columbus Day Weekend programming will be unveiled soon at www.baseballhall.org .

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 Legends 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. From Memorial Day through the day before Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. 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.