It was well worth the wait for Andre Dawson, as 77.9 of eligible Baseball Writers’ Association of America voted the “Hawk” into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday. I guess the 9th time was a charm for Dawson, as he waited 8 long years in order to get elected. Dawson appeared on 420 of 539 ballots. He was the only player elected into the Hall of Fame this time around in one of the tightest races in Hall of Fame voting history. Bert Blyleven finished just 5 votes short – receiving 74.2% of the vote. 1st year eligible player Roberto Alomar fell just 8 votes short with 73.7% of the vote. Alomar received the most votes ever for a 1st time candidate without actually getting elected to the Hall of Fame.
Dawson will be inducted in Cooperstown, New York on July 25th. Manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey – both of whom were elected into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee – will also be inducted that day.
Dawson said it was an emotional journey over the past 9 years – “If you’re a Hall of Famer you’re eventually going to get in. It was well worth the wait. I can’t really describe the elation when my family and I got the call… Well, I shed some tears today. I was nervous today and I was happy before the announcement. I was optimistic. For some reason I slept better last night than I have in the last 8 years. I probably won’t feel the magnitude of it for a couple of days. I’m still kind of light in the stomach. My daughter and my wife showed a lot of emotion when I got the phone call. Of course, I treid to keep myself contained.”
Dawson played 11 seasons with the Montreal Expos and then 6 seasons with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Dawson hit 438 career home runs and had 1,591 career RBI’s.
Congrats Hawk – you deserved it!