I remember 1987. Our firstborn son turned four, and our second boy was born on Feb. 25. I was starting a new job, having just recently tired of a 40-mile commute. However, I have to admit, as a Cubs’ fan, I paid little attention to an acquisition who had played for the Montreal Expos. His name was Andre Dawson, and he came to the Cubs in a most unusual way.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article titled “Cubs to celebrate Dawson on Monday.” As Muskat reports, Dawson wanted to get away from the Astroturf in Montreal because of bad knees, which would ultimately force him to leave the game. His agent, Dick Moss, gave then-General Manager Dallas Green a blank check to bid on Dawson’s services. Green filled in the amount for $500,000, essentially on a lark. Dawson accepted it.
Andre Dawson played right field for the Cubs. In his first year, he received the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award by batting .287, 49 homers and 137 RBI’s.
Dawson was just inducted into the Hall of fame July 25 of this year. He came into the Hall primarily as an Expo, but he was very kind and complimentary to Cubs’ fans, saying: “You were a true blessing in my life…I didn’t know what it was like to be loved by a City until I got to Chicago.”
According to then-teammates such as Mark Grace, Dawson was a very dedicated player. Despite his talent, he showed up at every practice and took part in all of the drills.
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has “proclaimed August 30 to be ‘Andre Dawson Day.'”
Dawson continued to play at a high level despite ongoing problems with his knees.
Dawson was called “The Hawk.” Dawson got the nickname from his uncle, who said he seemed like a hawk when he went after ground balls.
When Ryan Sandberg went into the Hall of Fame, he paid tribute to Dawson because he wanted him in the Hall of Fame with him. He succeeded, and now Cubs’ faithful get to pay tribute to him one more time.
ESPN/MLB, Jerry Crasnick, “Dawson to finally get his day in the sun”
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Cubs to celebrate Dawson on Monday”