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Andre Dawson was elected to the Hall of Fame today, a rich reward for the speedy outfielder. He’s pictured above with Expos teammate Vance Law.
Dawson only experienced the playoffs in two of his 21 years in the big leagues, so he didn’t get as much network exposure as did many of his contemporaries, greater and lesser.
I know Dawson had many successful years with the Chicago Cubs, but I keep a more romanticized memory of him playing with the Expos at Stade Olympique. His election today likely has a bittersweet tinge for the Quebecois, who lost Dawson to Chicago in 1987 and the Expos themselves after the 2004 season.
An unapologetic Canadian sympathizer, I’m hoping Dawson’s plaque is engraved with his face beneath that iconic red, white and blue “meb” cap when he’s enshrined next summer.