Andre Dawson: Meet Your Baseball Hall Of Fame Inductee

On Sunday at 1:30 P.M. Eastern, Andre Dawson has one more favor to request of his ruined knees: to get him up to the podium. There, in Cooperstown, New York, he'll be officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Baseball Writers Association of America failed to vote Dawson into the Hall of Fame eight times before he finally reached 77.9% in 2010. Ever since the early 1990s, when Dawson was still playing, there has been debate over whether Dawson would -- or should -- ever make it into the Hall. Some feared that his 438 career home runs would not be enough, especially after he was knocked down the career list by a deluge of sluggers following his retirement, but the fact that he was never associated with performance-enhancing drug use may have aided his case.

Of course, one must do more than simply hit home runs to reach the Hall of Fame (see: Kingman, Dave). Here are Dawson's career statistics:

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1976 MON 24 92 85 9 20 4 1 0 7 1 2 5 13 .235 .278 .306 .584 63
1977 MON 139 566 525 64 148 26 9 19 65 21 7 34 93 .282 .326 .474 .800 115
1978 MON 157 660 609 84 154 24 8 25 72 28 11 30 128 .253 .299 .442 .740 106
1979 MON 155 684 639 90 176 24 12 25 92 35 10 27 115 .275 .309 .468 .777 111
1980 MON 151 638 577 96 178 41 7 17 87 34 9 44 69 .308 .358 .492 .850 136
1981 MON 103 441 394 71 119 21 3 24 64 26 4 35 50 .302 .365 .553 .918 157
1982 MON 148 660 608 107 183 37 7 23 83 39 10 34 96 .301 .343 .498 .841 132
1983 MON 159 698 633 104 189 36 10 32 113 25 11 38 81 .299 .338 .539 .877 141
1984 MON 138 583 533 73 132 23 6 17 86 13 5 41 80 .248 .301 .409 .710 102
1985 MON 139 570 529 65 135 27 2 23 91 13 4 29 92 .255 .295 .444 .739 109
1986 MON 130 546 496 65 141 32 2 20 78 18 12 37 79 .284 .338 .478 .815 123
1987 CHC 153 662 621 90 178 24 2 49 137 11 3 32 103 .287 .328 .568 .896 130
1988 CHC 157 640 591 78 179 31 8 24 79 12 4 37 73 .303 .344 .504 .849 137
1989 CHC 118 459 416 62 105 18 6 21 77 8 5 35 62 .252 .307 .476 .783 114
1990 CHC 147 581 529 72 164 28 5 27 100 16 2 42 65 .310 .358 .535 .893 135
1991 CHC 149 596 563 69 153 21 4 31 104 4 5 22 80 .272 .302 .488 .790 116
1992 CHC 143 582 542 60 150 27 2 22 90 6 2 30 70 .277 .316 .456 .772 115
1993 BOS 121 498 461 44 126 29 1 13 67 2 1 17 49 .273 .313 .425 .738 92
1994 BOS 75 306 292 34 70 18 0 16 48 2 2 9 53 .240 .271 .466 .737 82
1995 FLA 79 246 226 30 58 10 3 8 37 0 0 9 45 .257 .305 .434 .739 92
1996 FLA 42 61 58 6 16 2 0 2 14 0 0 2 13 .276 .311 .414 .725 92
21 Seasons 2627 10769 9927 1373 2774 503 98 438 1591 314 109 589 1509 .279 .323 .482 .806 119
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/23/2010.

 

Those familiar only with the tail end of Dawson's career might not remember that he was far more than a one-dimensional slugger. He earned seven gold gloves, as well as his nickname, "Hawk," with his defensive play in the outfield.

He was also a prolific base stealer during his years in Montreal. In fact, Dawson is one of only six players ever to accrue more than 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases, joining a club that doesn't include noted power/speed hybrids such as Hank Aaron and Ken Griffey, Jr. Dawson may have stolen many more bases had it not been for his knee injuries that were chronically aggravated by the Expos' unforgiving Olympic Stadium turf.

Dawson could hit for average, batting over .300 five times. Though he didn't draw many walks, his 143 intentional passes put him at No. 51 on the all-time list.

The powers that be have determined that Dawson will wear a Montreal Expos cap into the Hall of Fame. He'll join Gary Carter as the second, and possibly last, player to wear an Expos cap on his plaque. Unless Vladimir Guerrero reaches the Hall and is recognized as an Expo, Dawson's induction will serve as Major League Baseball's final formal tip of the cap to a team that played in Montreal for 36 years before packing up and heading south.

Of the three men to be inducted this weekend, Dawson will command them most attention. Throughout the weekend, be sure to check out fan reactions from our Cubs blog, Bleed Cubbie Blue, our Red Sox blog, Over The Monster, and our Marlins blog, FishStripes.

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