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Andre Dawson was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1975. His stardom rose in 1977 when he became an everyday outfielder for the Expos, batted .282 with 19 home runs and 21 stolen bases and was awarded the National League Rookie of the Year.
Dawson had a blend of power and speed, hitting at least 20 home runs and stealing at least 20 bases in his seven seasons with the Expos. Dawson, playing primarily centerfield, also became an excellent defensive player and won the first of eight Gold Glove awards in 1980.
Dawson, whose nickname was "The Hawk," played 1,443 games with the Expos, fourth highest in franchise history. As an Expo, Dawson set single-season club records for home runs (32), RBI (113) and extra base hits (78).
Dawson played for the Expos until after the 1986 season when he signed with the Chicago Cubs. In 1987, he became the Cubs starting rightfielder, hit 49 home runs and was named NL MVP. Dawson played five more seasons with the Cubs and was one of the franchise's most popular players during that time.
Dawson also played for the Boston Red Sox and the Florida Marlins before retiring with 2,774 hits, 438 home runs, 314 stolen bases and 1591 RBI. He is one of only six players in major league history to record over 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases in his career. Dawson is also one of only three members of the 400 home run-300 stolen base club, joining Barry Bonds and Willie Mays.
Dawson retired after 21 years in the Major Leagues following the 1996 season.