Looking forward to bringing Andre Dawson to FirstEnergy Park on Thursday. He’s the lone player inducted as part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2010. He’ll be inducted formally in Cooperstown on July 25th.
Dawson joins Bob Feller, Goose Gossage, Jim Rice and Steve Carlton as Hall of Famers who have signed autographs at BlueClaws games. Here is the full list of signers.
Only Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, and Dawson have 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases. Plus, Dawson won eight Gold Glove Awards.
Ryne Sandberg, who was a longtime teammate of Dawson with the Cubs, pleaded with the writers to elect The Hawk during his 2005 induction speech: No player in baseball history worked harder, suffered more or did it better than Andre Dawson. He’s the best I’ve ever seen. Stand up Hawk. The Hawk. I watched him win MVP for a last place team in 1987 and it was the most unbelievable thing I’ve ever seen in baseball. He did it the right way, the natural way and he did it in the field and on the bases and in every way, and I hope he will stand up here someday.
Dawson, by the way, is the only player ever to win the MVP on a last place team.
Jayson Stark says: He, Mike Schmidt and Dale Murphy towered above the rest of the National League in their time. And all you need to know about Dawson’s massive impact was that he won one MVP award and finished second TWICE. He won a Rookie of the Year trophy and eight Gold Gloves. He was the first power/speed combo machine in history to run up 12 straight seasons with double-figure homers and steals. And he sure did spend a lot of years in the who’s-the-best-player-in-baseball debate.
The line will form beginning at 6 pm and the autograph signing will begin at 7:05 pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive as early as possible.