Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster

Andre Dawson goes Off The Mound

3 years agoStaff Report

MLB Hall of Famer Andre “The Hawk” Dawson joins Ryan Dempster on Off The Mound presented by Sloan on Marquee Sports Network. Each week this month, Dempster is celebrating Black history, welcoming in a series of distinguished former MLB players and coaches.

Dawson was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010 following a 21-season MLB-career, including six seasons with the Cubs from 1987-92. With the Cubs, he made five-straight All-Star games and was the N.L. MVP in 1987 as he hit .287 with a league-best 49 homers and 137 RBI.

Dawson is one of two members of the Hall of Fame to have played collegiately at a historically black college and university (HBCU), joining Lou Brock. On tonight’s episode, he speaks about the upcoming Andre Dawson Classic, a series of collegiate baseball games being played this weekend featuring HBCU clubs. Formerly known as the Urban Invitational, MLB honored him with the name three years ago.

“It gives [HBCU’s] the opportunity and exposure to take their programs to that viable level. These kids, a lot of them are the products of baseball initiatives, and I marvel at what I’ve seen over the last years.”

For the full interview, including Dawson’s reaction to being named the inaugural recipient of the Curt Flood Award go to the Marquee Sports Network App.

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