There’s the Hammer (Hank Aaron), and there’s the Cobra (Dave Parker) and so many other great African-American professional baseball players who earned their unique nicknames. Then there’s the Hawk, the nickname given to Andre Dawson.
In 2008 as part of their outreach and recognition of Black History Month, Major League Baseball launched the Urban Invitational Classic to showcase the talent of HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Over the last several years the name was changed to recognize “The Hawk” and is now called the Andre Dawson Classic. Dawson played his college ball at famed Florida A & M. The games will be featured on the MLB network so check your local provider for game times.
SAT. FEB. 15TH
Southern University (HBCU) faces Alcorn State (HBCU) at 2:00 p.m. ET, then the University of New Orleans plays Grambling State University (HBCU) at 7:00 p.m. ET.