Andre Dawson elected into the Hall Of Fame
It’s a good day to be a Cubs fan! Former Cub great Andrew “The Hawk” Dawson was elected into the baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Dawson received 420 of 539 votes by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, 15 more than the 75 percent necessary to gain election. It was the ninth ballot that Dawson had been on before being elected.
Dawson had this to say after hearing he had been elected:
“It was well worth the wait. I can’t really describe the elation,” Dawson said during a telephone conference call. “If you’re a Hall of Famer, eventually you’re going to get in, no matter how long it takes.”
Dawson played just six years of his 21 year career with the Cubs but that is where he had his best year of his career. In 1987 Dawson won the MVP award while leading the league with 49 homers and 137 RBI. Dawson was also runner up for the MVP in 1981 and 1983.
Dawson finished his career with 2,774 hits, 438 home runs, 314 stolen bases, and 1,591 RBI. He is one of only six players in major league history to record over 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases in his career.