Andre Dawson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
After nine years on the ballot, Andre “The Hawk” Dawson was finally elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon. He received 420 of 539 votes, 15 more than the 75 percent necessary to get elected. Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar fell short of Hall, but not by much. Blyleven received 400 votes and 74.2 percent, while Alomar (in his first year of eligibility) had 397 votes and 73.7 percent.
Dawson played right field for the Chicago Cubs from 1987-1992 and also played for the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, and Boston Red Sox during his 21-year career in the MLB. With the Cubs, he was an All-Star five times and won the 1987 MVP after leading the league in home runs, RBIs, and total bases for the season.
“The Hawk” had a .279 career average with 1,591 RBIs and 314 steals and played through 12 knee operations. The eight-time All-Star won eight Gold Gloves, four Silver Slugger awards, and is one of only three players with at least 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases, joining Barry Bonds and Willie Mays.
Dawson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 25th in Cooperstown, NY.