Well, today's the day, baseball fans...the Hall of Fame Induction!
After nine long years on the ballot, Andre Dawson finally got the call, and to celebrate his achievement, Charles Beatley (proprietor of Hawk for the Hall) put together a list of what he says are the best of The Hawk's storied career.
October 25, 2003
Wins first World Series championship. Yes, Dawson was retired, but he played an important part in the Florida Marlins second appearance in the fall classic. After his retirement from baseball, The Hawk joined the organization’s front office and instantly became a mentor to many of the team’s young and upcoming talent. While all Hawk fans, especially Cubs fans, would have loved his World Serioes ring to come as a player, I am happy that he got to experience that champion feel in some capacity.
July 13, 1987
In the midst of his MVP season, Dawson won the Home Run Derby at the Oakland Coliseum. Who did he beat? George Bell, Ozzie Virgil and Mark McGwire.
September 11 and 13, 1976
At the age of 21, The Hawk begins his career making his MLB debut. How did he do? 0-2, one strikeout. Fortunately that wasn’t a sign of things to come. Two days later he got his first hit, off of who else, Hall of Famer Steve Carlton...one of the pitchers who he would have great success against in the future.
April 29, 1987
The Hawk did one of the more difficult things to do in the big leagues and that is hit for the cycle. It came against the Giants at Wrigley Field with him going 5-5 in an 8-4 win for the Cubs. Dawson hit a home run in the first, double in the third, single in the fourth, triple in the sixth and topped it off with a second single in the 8th.
October 2, 1988
Dawson broke Bobby Bonds’ record of eleven consecutive seasons of at least ten home runs and ten stolen bases. Just a pre-cursor of what was to come for the future Hall of Famer in terms of rare combination of power and speed.
September 24th, 1985
Before he became a Cub, Dawson punished his future team having the best game of his career. In 6 at bats, he had 4 hits, 3 of which were home runs, with 8 RBIs and three runs scored. What can be better than that? How about becoming only the second player in Major League history to hit two home runs in the same inning, a pair of three-run shots in the fifth. Expos won by the way 17-15. (Read what longtime Cubs write George Castle told The Hall of Very Good about that day HERE)
July 9, 1991
The Hawk made his last All-Star appearance (he played in eight total) and went out with a bang. He hit a home run in a losing effort for the National League off of Roger Clemens in the Toronto Skydome.
April 15, 1993
Andre hit his 400th career home run with the Red Sox on April 15 at Fenway Park in the second inning. The Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 that day. Sadly, the steroid era has diminished how special it is to reach such a plateau now...but I remember when it happened for The Hawk and how amazed I was.
May 23, 1991
Dawson joined two exclusive clubs by stealing his 300th base...the 300 home runs/300 stolen bases club and the even more rare 300 home runs/300 stolen bases and 2,000 hits club. It happened at Shea Stadium in a 4-3 Cubs win over the Mets. Other 300/300 members...Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, Steve Finley and Reggie Sanders. Other 300/300/2000 members...Barry Bonds, Mays and Finley.
July 25, 2010
I know its cliché, but I saved the best for last…the 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction. Today is your day Mr. Dawson. Today is the day you don’t have to be the humble superstar athlete that we all came to love. Today you become one of baseball’s immortal and unforgettable heroes. Enjoy your day, you’ve waited a long time for this, you’ve reached the pinnacle of an athelete’s career, a career that will always be special to this Hawk fan!