Icons of the Ivy: Andre Dawson
“The Hawk” is one of the most iconic figures — and nicknames — in Cubs history.
Andre Dawson was a stellar player in every aspect of the game during his Hall of Fame career which spanned 21 seasons, including 6 on the North Side of Chicago.
He’ll go down as one of the greatest free agent signings ever when he traded in his Expos uniform for Cubbie blue.
“Andre Dawson signed a club-friendly free agent contract during spring training 1987 and quickly became a fan favorite,” team historian Ed Hartig said.
The move to Wrigley Field resulted in the best year of Dawson’s career. He led the National League in homers (49) and RBI (137) and took home the league’s MVP award in addition to being named an All-Star, Silver Slugger and Gold Glover.
He earned trips to the Midsummer Classic each of the next four seasons with the Cubs (1988-91) and earned MVP votes in three of those years. He won another Gold Glove in 1988 and reached the 100-RBI plateau two more times.
In total, Dawson hit 174 homers and drove in 587 runs with the Cubs while slashing .285/.327/.507 (.834 OPS).
Over his big-league career that included stops in Montreal, Florida and Boston, “The Hawk” finished with 2,774 hits, 438 homers and nearly 1,600 RBI (1,591). For his efforts, he was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Dawson also leads a fascinating life after baseball.