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Dawson, the Hall, and a Sox cap

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  January 7, 2010 04:02 PM

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A reader named Alan Wickstrom sent me a note about the issue of what cap Andre Dawson would wear in the Hall of Fame. Dawson, who played for the Expos, Cubs, Red Sox, and Marlins, was evasive about the issue yesterday.

After some controversy in the past, the Hall now chooses the cap based on where the player had his greatest success. For Dawson, that was the Expos, for whom he played 11 of his 21 seasons and was at his well-rounded best. He also won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 1987 while with the Cubs; he spent six seasons in Chicago.

It would seem an extremely unlikely choice would be the Red Sox. Dawson spent the 1993-94 seasons in Boston, hitting 29 homers and driving in 115 runs in 196 games while batting .260 over those two years.

But . . . we dug this up in the Globe archives today. It's from a Red Sox notebook I wrote on July 20, 1993. Check out Dawson's comments about the Hall of Fame then:

TORONTO -- Andre Dawson, who has hit more than 400 home runs and is closing in on 1,500 RBIs, is a likely Hall of Fame candidate, and when asked what cap he would wear if he makes it, Dawson said, "Probably the Red Sox.

"I've respected the way they've treated me and stuck with me. They've shown me a certain respect that I never felt in Montreal and Chicago. Just the way they pursued me in the offseason was an indication of that.

"I'm just sorry I haven't been able to produce for them so far. I think things are coming along. Adjusting to the American League has been difficult, and with my knee problem, it's been hard for me to push off and generate power."

The Expos recently retired the No. 10 Dawson wore in Montreal -- but it was in honor of Rusty Staub.

Dawson's prime feat with the Sox was hitting his 400th career home run. But it is interesting to wonder if he still feels he was respected more here than in Montreal or Chicago.

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