Andre Nolan Dawson (born July 10, 1954 in Miami, Florida), nicknamed "The Hawk", is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for four teams from 1976 to 1996, spending most of his career with the Montreal Expos (1976–1986) and Chicago Cubs (1987–1992). On January 6, 2010 Dawson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he will be enshrined on July 25, 2010.
An 8-time National League (NL) All-Star, he was named the league's Rookie of the Year in 1977 after batting .282 with 19 home runs and 65 runs batted in (RBI), and won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1987 after leading the league with 49 homers and 137 RBI; he had been runner-up for the award in both 1981 and 1983. He batted .300 five times, drove in 100 runs four times and had 13 seasons of 20 home runs. A strong baserunner early in his career, he also stole 30 bases three times, and in 1993 joined Willie Mays as the second major league player to hit 400 home runs and steal 300 bases.
Dawson was an excellent center fielder until knee problems – worsened by the artificial surface at Olympic Stadium – forced his shift to right field, followed by his move to a team which played on grass. He led the NL in outfield putouts three consecutive years (1981–1983), and won eight Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence. Upon his retirement, his NL totals of 409 home runs and 962 extra base hits both ranked tenth in league history; he also ranked seventh in NL history in games as an outfielder (2,303), and sixth in both outfield putouts (5,116) and total chances (5,366). He set Expos franchise records for career games, at bats, runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, runs batted in, extra base hits, total bases and steals, all of which have since been broken variously by Tim Raines, Tim Wallach and Vladimir Guerrero.
I saw Andre Dawson play and relooked at his stats today and though he was a really good ballplayer, I see no reason for the hoopla to get him in the Hall of Fame. He does have pretty good power numbers but his .279 average is pretty light for an outfielder. I don't think he ever made the postseason even though he played most of his career with weak teams Expos/Cubs. I do not feel he was dominant enough in his era to get in. How come someone like Steve Garvey, Don Mattingly … more
One of the things I don't like about the Baseball Hall of Fame is all the politics behind the selection. For one thing I'm glad that only a very select few make it into Cooperstown but I can't stand all of these fringe players who have to campaign themselves in. People like Gary Carter and such who did their best to sway sportswriters to vote them in. Grant it, Dawson in his prime put up some impressive numbers (such as 400 HRs-300 SBs, hitting for the cycle) but it's called the … more