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A MLB Legend turns 61

Andre-Dawson-'The-Hawk'Baseball is known as America’s pastime.  It is truly an enjoyable sport.  From the smell of fresh cut grass to the exciting walk-off hit to send fans home happy, baseball is truly a great sport.  Baseball has been around for so long and many players have come and gone.  But some players make their names known forever.  It could be from a great career, or you will always be known as the player who messed up to lose your team the game.

This one specific player just turned 61 on July 10 and earned numerous accolades in his career: Andre Dawson.

dawsonExposAndre Dawson began his career in Montreal in 1976.  He was selected by the Expos in the 11th round in 1975.  His debut came on September 11, 1976 and soon rose to be an everyday outfielder for the Expos. He earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1977 and won six Golden Gloves in a row.

In 1983, Dawson put up 189 hits, a career high.  He also hit 32 HRs and 113 RBIs with a .299 BA.  Also while playing for the Expos, Dawson was a 3x All-Star.  Dawson left the Expos at age 31, but his career was far from over.

He joined the Cubs in 1987 and continued as one of the most dominate players in the league.  Dawson hit an astounding 49 HRs and 137 RBIs.  Those 49 HRs would later put him on the all-time list for most homeruns in a season which he places 44th.   Dawson also won MVP that season, the only one of his career.

All of his success was over the years with the Cubs, Dawson went to the All-Star game five times, won two more Gold Gloves, and added another Silver Slugger award to his pre-existing three from Montreal.

Dawson then played for the Red Sox from 1993-1994 and the Florida Marlins from 1995-1996.  He finished his career with 2,774 hits, 438 home runs, 314 stolen bases, and 1,591 RBIs.  He is one of only eight players in major league history to record over 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases in his career (300-300 club)

In 1997, the Expos retired Dawson’s #10.  After the franchise moved to Washington, the Montreal Canadiens raised a banner in the Bell Centre to commemorate all of the retired Expos numbers, including Dawson’s. In 2010 the Washington Nationals franchise placed Dawson in its “Ring of Honor” at Nationals Park.

at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 25, 20010 in Cooperstown, New York. Dawson was an eight time all-star during his twenty one year career finishing with 438 home runs, 1,591 runs batted in, and 314 stolen bases.Dawson was also the National League Rookie of the Year in 1977 with Montreal as well as the National League MVP in 1987 with Chicago. Harvey served as a National League umpire for 31 seasons working 4,673 regular season games as well as working five World Series. Herzog served as manager for four teams and finished his career with 1,281 regular season victories as well as leading the St. Louis Cardinals to the 1982 World Series title.Herzog was also named 1985 National League manager of the year.

Dawson was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010, his ninth-year of eligibility.  Even though Dawson put up big numbers in Chicago, the plague in the Hall of Fame depicts him with an Expos hat.

Andre Dawson is one of the best outfielders of all-time.  Being part of the 300-300 club certainly puts his name among the all-time greats.  His Hall of Fame election truly capped off a tremendous career where he did things that many even get close to achieving.  Dawson will forever be one of the all-time outfielders to ever play this great game of baseball.


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