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2011 Marlins Visit Our Troops
Andre Dawson, Hall of Famer
Andre Dawson, Hall of Famer

Andre Dawson concluded his 11th season with the Marlins and ninth as Special Assistant to the President. "Hawk" joined the organization on January 5, 2000, as Special Assistant to the General Manager. The 2010 campaign saw Dawson inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, on July 25. Dawson was the only player to earn entry into the Hall in '10, and was joined by former manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey. Dawson appeared on 420 of the ballots cast (77.9%) by members of the BBWAA to become the 292nd member of the Hall. He is the 203rd player and 68th outfielder to gain acceptance.

Dawson played 21 seasons for Montreal, Chicago (NL) and Boston, before finishing his career with Florida in 1995-96. He ranks 15th all-time in National League history with 1,476 RBI and ranks among the top 40 in baseball history in home runs (36th with 438), RBI (34th with 1,591) and at-bats (25th with 9,927). He became the 11th player in Major League history to hit 400 National League home runs when he homered off of Dave West on June 16, 1995, at Veterans Stadium. Dawson hit a three-run home run in his next-to-last game played at Pro Player Stadium on September 22, 1996, vs. Houston. His 438 career home runs are the third-most by a Florida native, behind Fred McGriff (493) and Gary Sheffield (499).

Dawson won the 1987 National League Most Valuable Player Award in his first season with the Chicago Cubs when he set career highs with 49 home runs and 137 RBI. He became the first player in MLB history to win an MVP Award while playing for a last-place team. He finished second in voting for the 1981 MVP.

An eight-time National League All-Star and Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, Dawson totaled 2,774 hits and 314 stolen bases. He was also the first player in Major League history to reach double digits in home runs and stolen bases for 12 consecutive seasons. He tied a Major League record by hitting two home runs in one inning in 1978 and 1985. He won the Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1977.

Dawson, 54, his wife, Vanessa, and their children Darius (8/12/89) and Amber (9/5/90), reside in Pinecrest, Fla. Dawson graduated from Southwest Miami Senior High School in Miami and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Following the 1987 season, South Miami honored him by renaming a street "Andre Dawson Drive."

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