Voted Rookie of the Year in 1977, Montreal's Andre Dawson slugged 19 home runs, batted .282 and stole 21 bases. His 19-game hitting streak in 1980 lifted his average to .308, 17 HR's and 87 RBI's, and he was second in the league with 41 doubles.
In 1981, this popular player finished second to Mike Schmidt in the MVP voting, won his second Gold Glove, second Silver Slugger award and led the Expos to the NLCS. In 1982, Andre Dawson was a starting outfielder in the All-Star game, captured another Gold Glove and was named "The Sporting News" Player of the Year. In 1983, Dawson belted 36 D's, 32 HR's, scored 104 runs with 113 RBI's, and he led all outfielders in putouts with 435, was voted by the fans a starting All-Star outfielder, for his third straight time and finished second to Dale Murphy in the MVP voting.
Andre Dawson became a free agent in March of 1987, signed with the Chicago Cubs and in his 1st season as a Cub, hit 49 homers, batted .287, 137 RBI's, started in another All-Star game and was voted the Most Valuable Player.
In 1992 Andre Dawson stole his 300 career stolen base, joining only Willie Mays as the only two players in history with at least 2,000 hits, 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases. He became a free agent and signed with the Red Sox in 1992, but his next few seasons were marred by knee surgery and a broken wrist.
Andre Dawson's career: .281 BA, 2630 hits, over 400 each in D's and HR's, over 1300 runs and over 1500 RBI's. Andre Dawson, we honor your great all-around play and outstanding charity giving of your time and money; a true 'man's man' and an true American Hero.
Andre Dawson was a remarkable athlete possessing speed, a strong throwing arm, long-ball power and team leadership. He won eight Gold Gloves, four Silver Slugger awards. Always aware of game situations, while with the Cubs, on a hard hit line drive to right field, with his rifle of a throwing arm, Andre threw a batter out at first base.
In 1988, Dawson set a still-unbroken major league record of 12 consecutive season in double figures in both homers and stolen bases.