Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez

Hank Greenberg’s Grandson Coming To The Hank Greenberg Invitational

There will be a special guest Monday at the 28th annual Hank Greenberg Memorial Golf Invitational at Franklin Hills Country Club in Farmington Hills.

William Gahagan, grandson of the former Detroit Tigers great, will be at the invitational with his wife during his first trip to Detroit. Gahagan’s mother is Alva Greenberg.

Gahagan and his wife, who live in the New York City area, will get a tour of Detroit while they’re in town for the invitational.

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez

Sari Cicurel, executive director of the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation, which presents the invitational, said only a few spots remain to play golf and time is short to grab them, but there’s time to make plans to attend the dinner.

“We prefer for people to make dinner reservations, of course, but people can show up for dinner at the door,” she said.

Cost for the dinner, awards presentations and a sports panel is $195.

Cicurel said the dinner will be well-attended because of the popularity of the award winners.

Ex-Tigers catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, a 2017 inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame, will receive the Hank Greenberg Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jeremy Schaap
Jeremy Schaap

Dinner emcee Jeremy Schaap, an eight-time Emmy Award-winning ESPN reporter and author, will be presented the Dick Schaap Memorial Award for Media Excellence named in honor of his father.

Ian Burnstein, president of the board of directors of the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic on Woodward Avenue in Pontiac, will get the Barry Bremen Memorial Inspiration Award.

“We’ve hit a home run with our award winners,” Circurel said.

The invitational is a fundraiser for the Karmanos Cancer Institute at the Lawrence and Idell Weisberg Treatment Center, an award-winning outpatient facility in Farmington Hills.

To make golf or dinner reservations, call (248) 592-9323 or go to www.michiganjewishsports.org.

Raffle tickets for a trip to the 2019 Masters golf tournament are being sold for $100 as part of the invitational fundraising effort. The prize includes two tickets for the round April 5, 6 or 7, 2019, plus one night of lodging.

The raffle drawing will take place at the invitational, but the winner doesn’t have to be present. Call the foundation phone number to buy raffle tickets.

Cicurel said the foundation’s “Beyond the Game: A Night of Sports Talk” event May 29 went well, with 140 in attendance at the Birmingham Athletic Club to hear from Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn and sports agent Kevin Poston.

“Bob Quinn and Kevin Poston were outstanding,” Circurel said. “But the best part is we raised money for our Dr. Steve and Evelyn Rosen Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship fund.”

Those scholarships to go Jewish high school seniors who have excelled in athletics and academics while also dedicating time to other extracurricular activities and community service.

Rain Reigns

Rain and wet fields postponed all games Sunday in the Inter-Congregational Men’s Club Summer Softball League.

The games were rescheduled for Aug. 5, which will become the final week of the regular season. Playoffs will now be Aug. 12 and Aug. 19.

Through two weeks of play, the leaders are Temple Israel No. 5 (4-0) in the Greenberg Division, Congregation Shaarey Zedek (3-0) in the Koufax Division and Adat Shalom Synagogue No. 1, Temple Shir Shalom No. 2 and Temple Israel No. 4 (1-2) in the Rosen Division.

League games are held Sundays at five diamonds in two West Bloomfield parks. Games began May 6 this season before the league took time off for Mother’s Day and Shavuot. Games were played May 27 over Memorial Day weekend.

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The league’s website is www.mensclubsoftball.org.  

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