Andre Dawson joined the Montreal Expos for 24 games in 1976 and spent the following ten years patrolling center field, smashing club records along the way. He was awarded Rookie of the Year in 1977 and was always a threat to hit .300 with 25 home runs in any given season. Tired of being ignored by the press in Canada, Dawson orchestrated his own free agency after the 1986 season by walking in to the Chicago Cubs offices with a blank contract, agreeing to play for any fair price. He responded with an MVP season in 1987, hitting 49 home runs and 137 RBIs. He would play for the Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins before retiring in 1996. With 2774 hits and 438 home runs lifetime, Dawson ranks with some of the best hitters to play the game.
Dawson was one baseball’s greats despite initially injuring his knees during a high school football game. The injury would be the first of many knee problems he would suffer leading to twelve surgeries during his career.
March 24, 2012
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