Andre Dawson (The Hawk) Returns to Chicago & to the Chicago Cubs! by Mike Prochaska
I just read in the newspaper that “Hawk” Andre Dawson is returning to work with the Cubs after Miami’s new organization decided they didn’t want him. I don’t understand how any organization wouldn’t want the great Andre Dawson. Andre Dawson is a Hall of Famer with a heart of gold. The first time I met the Hawk was at the Cubs convention. I still remember him continually thanking the fans for their support, signing things, shaking hands and smiling for the fans and just being a great man. Here are 10 facts about Andre Dawson:
- He was drafted in 1975 in the 11th round when he was spotted by Expos scout, Mel Didier.
- He signed as a free agent with the Cubs in 1987. He gave the Cubs a blank contract that he signed and told the Cubs to fill in the amount. He didn’t care how much he just wanted to play for the Cubs. I have heard him tell this story himself at the Cubs’ convention.
- He got his famous nickname, “Hawk,” from his uncle when he was 9.
- Before Hawk, his family nickname was Pudgy.
- He reached the playoffs with Montreal and the Cubs, but never got to the World Series.
- He’s most proud that he won with the 1987 Cubs and his eight Golden Gloves. He’s also proud that he won the Rookie of the Year award – he won with the Expos in 1977.
- Dawson was beloved by fans at Wrigley Field – more than even Sammy Sosa.
- He requested to go into the Hall of Fame wearing a Cubs hat.
- Dawson went into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
- While Dawson played only six years with the Cubs, five of his eight All-Star appearances were as a Cub.
Welcome back to the Chicago Cubs, Hawk! We are blessed to have you!