Happy Birthday Andre Dawson, One Of MLB’s Greatest Black Knights

CHICAGO - 1987: Andre Dawson of the Chicago Cubs poses for a photo prior to an MLB game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois during the 1987 season. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

MLB Black Knight Andre Dawson turns 64 years old today. Inducted into MLB’s Hall of Fame in 2010, Dawson was one of the greatest all-around players and people in MLB history. If not for debilitating knee injuries throughout his career, he’d be ranked even higher among the great diamond miners.

I dont think I ever managed a greater player or a human being, said Don Zimmer, who managed Dawson in Chicago.

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Dawson amassed 438 homers and 2,774 hits to go along with 314 stolen bases, eight Gold Gloves and eight All-star nods over 21 injury-plagued seasons. He was the 1977 NL Rookie of the Year.

Dawson, known as the Hawk, was only the second player in baseball history to reach 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases, following the GOAT, Willie Mays. During his Hall of Fame induction Hawk reflected on and thanked the coaches and African-American players, such as Dave Winfield and Rickey Henderson, who helped him along his journey.

Dawson was also very outspoken against steroid and PED users, calling the epidemic a stain on the game and characterizing the players who indulged as being lured to the dark side.

Andre Dawson’s Hall Of Fame acceptance Speech

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Born on July 10, 1954 in Miami, Dawson was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1975. In June of 1977,  manager Dick Williams made him the Expos starting center fielder and he gave them 10 years of superb play. The artificial turf at Montreals Olympic Stadium started wearing on Dawsons knees and by 1987, he joined the Chi-Town Cubs as a free agent.

In his first year in The Windy City, he emerged from the small market of Montreal and became a big market superstar in a town that unwaveringly supported their losing team. Dawson had a career year, leading MLB in home runs with 49, RBI with 137, batted .287, won a Gold Glove and was named National League MVP. He became the first MLB player from a last place team to win an MVP.

Thats how superior Dawsons season was.

He’s a Hero Andre Dawson – 1987 NL MVP

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No player in baseball history worked harder, suffered more or did better than Andre Dawson, said Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg during his Hall of Fame induction speech. Hes the best Ive ever seen.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.