Dawson becomes second Expo inducted into Hall

Former Montreal Expo Andre Dawson gives a speech during his induction into the Baseball Hall of...

Former Montreal Expo Andre Dawson gives a speech during his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 25, 2010 in Cooperstown, New York. (JIM McISAAC/Getty Images)

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Cooperstown, NY - Andre Dawson became the second member of the Baseball Hall of Fame with a Montreal Expos cap on his plaque when he was inducted Sunday afternoon.

Others joining the induction party were former manager Whitey Herzog and ex- umpire Doug Harvey, who went in via the Veterans Committee.

J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Bill Madden and Giants broadcaster Jon Miller, the 35th recipient of Ford C. Frick Award, were also honored during the ceremonies.

The Hawk joins Gary Carter as the only other person to be inducted as an Expo in the Hall. Carter went into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

“All I ever wanted growing up was to be like Hank Aaron and Willie Mays,” Dawson said. “Now I get to shake their hands and be treated like a friend. It’s an honor beyond words.”

The National League Rookie of the Year with the Montreal Expos in 1977 and the league’s Most Valuable Player with the Chicago Cubs in 1987, Dawson was a .279 career hitter with 438 home runs, 1,591 runs batted in and 314 stolen bases. In addition to the Expos and Cubs, Dawson also spent time with the Boston Red Sox before ending his 21-year career with the Florida Marlins.

An eight-time All-Star, Dawson underwent 12 knee surgeries during his career but ended up with more than 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases, a feat matched by only two other players in history, Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.

Herzog guided the St. Louis Cardinals to the 1982 World Series title and also led the team to the National League pennant in 1985 and 1987. Before joining the Cardinals, he skippered the Kansas City Royals to three straight American League West titles from 1976-78.

“Being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is like going to heaven before you die,” Herzog said.

Harvey was a National League umpire for 31 seasons and was selected to work the World Series five times. He was also chosen to umpire the All-Star Game on six occasions.

Unable to make his induction speech in person due to a bout with throat cancer, the 80-year-old Harvey, the ninth umpire enshrined in Cooperstown, and the first since 1999, recorded his speech during a previous visit to Cooperstown.

“I’ve heard you say umpires are a necessary evil,” Harvey said. ”Well, we are necessary, but we’re not evil. We’re hard-working and dedicated people, whose primary interest is to make sure the game is played fairly.”

Madden, of the New York Daily News, was the paper’s Yankees beat writer from 1980-88 before becoming the News’ national baseball columnist.

Also Sunday, John Fogerty became the first musician honored at the Hall of Fame induction when his classic, “Centerfield,” got inducted into Cooperstown. Fogerty, strumming a baseball bat guitar, sang on stage just prior to the ceremony.


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