According to our Dutch Baseball Park fan Chris Kabout of Yankee Biscuit Fans Blogs the Hawks were founded in September of 1959 by Daam Hoogendijk... a Physical Education teacher at the college (now teaching academy). There were initially two men's teams involved with the start up of the franchise. One of the starring attractions on the original Dordrecht teams was an American named John Barret who later became well known as an international basketball referee.