Legends of Dutchess
A new perminant exhibition
About the Exhibition
In 2015, ten years after the grand opening of the museum, the Sports Museum Board of Directors appointed Joseph Cavaccini as curator and closed the museum for one year for the museum's first major face lift. The renovations included almost a complete gut of the Sports Museum level in the Reese Cultural Center and the announcement of a new permanent exhibition entitled "Legends of Dutchess". Joey Cavaccini (then 16 years old) and his father Dan, a trustee, renovated the museum and brought it into the 21st century as a modern respectable museum. In 2016, the Museum reopened to the public as a destination museum in Dutchess County. Exhibits within Legends of Dutchess include highlighting over a dozen athletes who made it to the professional level in sports from Dutchess County as well as artifacts on almost 20 different sports with impacts on Dutchess County history.
What you will see!
Ty Cobb's Bat | 1920's Ice Yacht | Arnold Palmer's Autograph | and so much more!
Learn about the lives and larger than life athletic careers of some of Dutchess County's greatest. A walk through the exhibition presents to you the history of each sport and their significance in the county along with the biographies and artifacts pertaining to that sport's famous athlete(s). The Sports Museum keeps with its original hometown feel with exhibits on local Little League and Pop Warner teams as well as recreational and high school sports.
Our "Legends of Dutchess" Roster
Ray Billows - Golf - New York State Hall of Fame, Got a Hole in One during the Masters Tournament
Rich Rinaldi - Basketball - NBA Capital Bullets, NBA New York Nets, All American Basketball Team
Monty Stickles - Football - NFL San Francisco 49ers, College Notre Dame, All American Football Team
Melio Bettina - Boxing - 1939 Light Heavy-Weight Champion of the World
Debi Thomas - Ice Skating - 1988 Winter Olympics, 1st African American to win a medal in the Winter Olympics
Joe Nemechek - Racing - NASCAR Race Car Driver, Two Time Race Champion
Tyler Adams - Soccer - MLS New York Red Bulls, Signed his Pro Career contract at 16 years old
Joe Panik - Baseball - MLB San Francisco Giants, 2014 World Series Champion
Big Dan Brouthers - Baseball - "Baseball's First Great Slugger", National Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Collins - Baseball - MLB Philadelphia Athletics, MLB Chicago White Sox, National Baseball Hall of Fame
Wes Westrum - Baseball - MLB New York Giants, Manager MLB New York Mets
Mickey McDermott- Baseball - MLB New York Yankees, World Series Champion
Ricky Horton- Baseball - Baseball- MLB St. Louis Cardinals, MLB Los Angeles Angels, World Series Champion
Austin Knickerbocker- Baseball - MLB Philadelphia Athletics