Cropper to be inducted into Eastern Shore Golf Hall of Fame
Marshall Cropper (right) has lent his talent to the game of golf for more than four decades
Dec. 1, 2017

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics Hall of Famer and head men’s golf coach Marshall Cropper is slated for induction to the Eastern Shore Golf Hall of Fame, in a ceremony this Saturday (Dec. 2) at Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin, Maryland. Cropper helps to set a milestone as he is the first African-American to be inducted. 

The event begins at 6 p.m. and will feature the induction of six new members. Tickets are $75 per guest and reservations can be made at 443-528-7945. Proceeds from the event will benefit Maryland Eastern Shore’s Professional Golf Management (PGM) program.

An Eastern Shore native from New Church, Virginia, Cropper studied physical education, played baseball and football, and found his interest in golf all while attending then Maryland State College in the 1960s.

Upon graduating in 1967, Cropper went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Washington Redskins. He found gratification for golf during Steelers training camp. The Steelers practiced by Arnold Palmer’s home and driving range in Latrobe, and after receiving many tips form Mr. Palmer himself, it paid off in the long run. Having a passion working with youth, he used golf as a tool to teach life skills, and used golf as a fundraiser during his NFL days to finance youth camps.



Following retirement from the NFL, Cropper was chosen to develop a degree program at Maryland Eastern Shore that would introduce more African-Americans to the game of golf. As a result in 2008 the Professional Golf Management (PGM) program was established, and Maryland Eastern Shore became the first HBCU in the nation with such a program.

His fundraising acumen continued with work for The Art Shell Golf Classic, an event so successful that it grabbed the attention from Congressmen, University administration and alumni. Now serving as head men’s golf coach and the as the Universities’ Golf Academy Coordinator, Cropper started a Hall of Fame Golf Outing this past fall, again featuring his former Hawk teammate and NFL Hall of Famer Art Shell.  True to his fundraising roots, the proceeds were set aside for men’s golf. 

Cropper was inducted to the Maryland Eastern Shore Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Hawks in 1984.

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