Cooperstown Chronicles – Andre Dawson

Jan 10, 2008

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Andre Dawson was a five-tool player (Hit for Power, Hit for Average, Field, Throw, Run). He was one of the best players in the game for over a decade. I think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, especially before we get knee deep in the steroids era.

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438 Home Runs (35th All-time)
1591 RBI (32nd All-time)
1373 Runs (88th All-time)
2774 Hits (45th All-time)
8 All-Star Games
Rookie of the Year
8 Gold Gloves
4 Silver Sluggers
Led the league in Hits in ’83
Led the league in Total Bases in ’83 & ’87
Led the league in Home Runs in ’87
Led the league in RBIs in ’87
3 25-25 seasons

The Hawk played on crappy teams most of his career, playing in only two postseasons. The fact that he put up great numbers consistenly on bad teams shows how steady he was. His numbers would likely be even better if he had a better supporting cast. Andre Dawson was an all-around great player who should be voted into the Hall of Fame.

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  1. Matt Houdersheldt
    February 7th, 2008 at 12:09 pm #

    I couldn’t agree with you more!!!! I grew up a Loyal Andre Dawson Fan. I remember I had a special baseball card book that held all my Dawson cards, (wish I knew where it was today). Anyway, you couldn’t be more dead on with this blog, he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. This is a guy that gave his all on the field, I mean how many people can run into “The Ivy” at full speed and get back up. I think it is a disservice to the Hall of Fame not having him in.

  2. Ryan Lester
    February 7th, 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    Matt – I remember keeping books of my favorite guys. Wade Boggs, Clemens, and sadly Jose Canseco.

  3. Matt Houdersheldt
    February 7th, 2008 at 3:56 pm #

    hahaha yeah i was a big canseco fan until he left oakland, then he just got weird. what happened to baseball? i mean the 80′s and baseball are like peanut butter and jelly. when did it get “cool” to bulk up? sadly are the days gone by when we can get a true team of talent…i.e Dawson, Sandberg, Grace, Dunston……granted we all know that the cubs havent won anything since, well i wasnt alive hahaha

    thanks for the good blogs, i enjoy reading!!!!

  4. Ryan Lester
    February 7th, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    matt – it was those A’s with the Monster Mash. Big Mac & Canseco. Such a shame the guys we idolized growing up where the big cheaters. At least I liked guys like Dwight Evans and Boggs and you had your Hawk. I mean the 80′s had Brett and Ozzie and Donnie Baseball (even if he was a Yankee). Can’t take the memories away. They can just tarnish them.

  5. Jody
    February 15th, 2008 at 6:30 pm #

    He also has 1039 extra base hits. Every player with 1000 extra base hits or more is in the hall of fame (excluding the still active players). Coincidence, I think not. He spent 6 years with the Cubs and he had a .285 average 29 home runs and 98 R.B.I. per year average. He also carried himself with class that you don’t see anymore. I also saw that Frank Robinson also played 6 years with the Baltimore Orioles and had a .300 average, 30 home runs and 91 R.B.I. per year. Just a fun fact, but if Baltimore can retire Robinson’s number, then the Cubs should consider The Hawk and number 8. I can’t thank you enough for posting this. I’ve been sick for the last month since Andre wasn’t elected again. But in light of all that’s been pointed out,he should get the call shortly.

  6. Ryan Lester
    February 16th, 2008 at 8:04 am #

    Jody – Great points. Thanks for adding to his case.

  7. Scott Flatt
    May 13th, 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    On Point – I have been dying to see him get in!! I loved watching him play & I believe he was a Humble player too ala Ernie Banks!!

    as for cards, I sent him an envelope full of cards & pics, when I was a kid, to training camp & he sent them all back & all signed!! And I still have them – treasured pieces for me.

  8. Ryan Lester
    May 13th, 2008 at 1:12 pm #

    Scott – That is an awesome story. What a cool guy. Very treasured pieces indeed.

  9. James Roberts (aka Leafs7420)
    August 10th, 2008 at 2:31 pm #

    Excellent idea as he was one of the early brightspots in the Expos organization. I think that he was a very classy guy who never complained of not being in the playoffs. MLB need more guys like Andre and less ones named Barroid.–jr

  10. LestersLegends
    August 10th, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by. Great point.

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  15. erik
    August 4th, 2009 at 12:51 am #

    i heard some idiot on tv say the other day that the next player that will get in the HOF wont be for 4 more years until Greg Maddux. This is because no one will vote for juicers. How bout in the mean time we put guys in that didnt juice and played the game the right way. The hawk was a freakin terminater. this guy would be making 20 million a year today. this guy did everything. i mean how is he not in there. i dont wanna hear frank thomas, and jim thome’s names. those guys are slow DH’s that play terrible defense, or in thomas’ case no defense and they better not get in before hawk. the hawk was a great defender with a great eye and freakin speed. how is this guy not in. what are the writer’s problem. and the hawk played on horrible teams. if he had better protection in the lineup he would have 500 homeruns. if he juiced he would have hit 650 hrs. i give up.

  16. LestersLegends
    August 4th, 2009 at 5:05 am #

    I feel ya on Hawk big time.

  17. erik
    September 3rd, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    seriously, how is this guy not in? what is the reason?

  18. Anonymous
    September 17th, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    Hawk for the Hall. ‘Nuff said!

  19. Anonymous
    September 26th, 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    The low OBP is a really really good reason to keep him out, sir..

  20. LestersLegends
    September 26th, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    When you do as much as he did with power, speed, and defense I can overlook that.

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