Saturday on the Links

By Craig Muder

Standing on the first tee at the Leatherstocking Golf Course at Saturday’s Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, Barry Larkin gazed out over the beautiful Cooperstown landscape and exhaled a great breath.

“I don’t know that it’s sunk in yet,” said Larkin on the eve of his enshrinement into the Baseball Hall of Fame. “But it will.”

Maybe by now – after spending the morning golfing with Hall of Fame legends like George Brett, Mike Schmidt and Billy Williams– it has.

The picturesque Leatherstocking Golf Course played host to this year’s Hall of Fame Golf Tournament. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

Larkin’s Saturday started with the annual Hall of Famer golf tournament as he gears up for Sunday’s induction ceremony. The golf outing is always a favorite of the returning Hall of Famers – whether it’s because of the camaraderie or the tranquil setting… or just getting a chance to watch Hall of Fame teammates like Jim Rice crush drives more than 300 yards.

A cloudy morning gave way to sunshine as the tournament progressed, leaving everybody sure that all was right in Cooperstown.

“I really enjoy coming back here,” said Billy Williams, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987 and who is celebrating this year’s election of the late Ron Santo, who played with Williams on the Cubs and joins Larkin as the members of the Class of 2012. “And when the sun came out today, we knew that Ron was looking down on us and smiling.”

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

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