Results tagged ‘ Andre Dawson ’

12/2 Wrigley 100 book now available

Looking for a holiday gift for your favorite Cubs fan? Major League Baseball and the Cubs today unveiled “A Century of Wrigley Field: The Official History of the Friendly Confines,” a one-of-a-kind, official retrospective book featuring classic stories and rare archived images to commemorate the ballpark’s first 100 years. The book is available for pre-order beginning today on, and 200 advance copies are on sale now at the Cubs Store on the corner of Clark and Addison Streets with additional copies arriving on Dec. 12. The retail price is $50 and all orders must be placed by Dec. 19 to receive shipment by Dec. 24.

Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, wrote the forward for this book that details the life of “The Friendly Confines” and its unique history. The book includes tributes from Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, Chicago native and hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios, Chicago football legend Mike Ditka, Cubs play-by-play commentators Pat Hughes and Len Kasper, and others. It also highlights Cubs Hall of Famers, including Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, Billy Williams and the late Ron Santo.

9/5 Soriano’s stellar stats

Alfonso Soriano is one of six players in Major League history to reach at least 350 home runs, 400 doubles, 250 stolen bases, 1,000 RBIs and 1,000 runs scored. He joinsWillie Mays, Andre Dawson, Gary Sheffield, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez. Now in his sixth season with the Cubs, Soriano has joined Dawson as the only two players in Cubs history to reach 20 home runs in each of his first six seasons with the club. Soriano’s 158 Cubs home runs already rank 13th on the team all-time.

With 27 games still to play this season, Soriano enters Wednesday’s game with 26 home runs and 88 RBIs in 2012, identical numbers to his 2011 season-ending totals. The 88 RBIs each of his last two seasons represent his highest single-season totals with the Cubs. Soriano’s average of one home run per 18.63 at bats with the Cubs is the sixth-best mark in franchise history (minimum 100 home runs), trailing only Sammy Sosa, Hank Sauer, Hack Wilson, Aramis Ramirez and Ernie Banks.

— Carrie Muskat



3/11 How many home openers have you gone to?

Where were you on April 4, 1994? That’s the day Tuffy Rhodes led off the first inning of the Cubs home opener with a homer, connecting off Dwight Gooden, then hit another in the third, also off Gooden, and another blast leading off the fifth, again off Doc. That wasn’t enough, as the Mets topped the Cubs, 12-8, in the season opener.

How about April 4, 1989? In that home opener, Andre Dawson backed Rick Sutcliffe with a two-run homer in the fourth to lead the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Phillies.

Or, do you recall the April 9, 1982, game when Fergie Jenkins and Lee Smith combined on a six-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory over the Mets?

We’re looking for fans who have dutifully attended Cubs home openers several years in a row, and are willing to share some stories about how special Opening Day at Wrigley Field is. Send a note to, and include your name and email address and some details.

— Carrie Muskat

8/30 The Hawk & the deal

Most Cubs fans know the story about how Andre Dawson joined the team. He offered general manager Dallas Green a blank contract. Does Dawson think there will ever be another player who will do the same?

“No, absolutely not,” said Dawson, who needed to get out of Montreal and the artificial turf because of the strain it put on his knees.

He felt the Expos “slapped him in the face” when their best offer was a $200,000 cut in pay after 10 seasons. When the Cubs offered $500,000, he knew it was something they expected him to turn down. But he didn’t.

“They made the mistake of making me an offer,” Dawson said of the Cubs, “because I was going to stand up to it. If [GM Dallas Green] had put $100,000 in, I would’ve played that year for $100,000 because it was a situation where I wanted the game to be fun for me again. I wouldn’t have enjoyed the game going back on those terms.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/30 The Hawk & Ryno

New Hall of Famer Andre Dawson was honored in pregame ceremonies Monday at Wrigley Field. He entered from right field, where he played from 1987-92, and bowed to the fans in the bleachers.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts commended Dawson, presenting him with a No. 8 from the Wrigley scoreboard. One thing that has changed since Dawson was last at Wrigley is that his teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, Ryne Sandberg, is now managing at Triple-A Iowa and being considered to take over the big league club.

“I’m still amazed that he wants to do it at this level,” Dawson said of Sandberg. “It’s different at the Minor League level when you’re doing more evaluating and working with the kids and trying to get them to the next level. Here, it’s egos and attitudes and business and you’re under the microscope more.

“Ryno, I never envisioned that as a player,” Dawson said. “He was more laid back and quiet. Maybe there’s a different animal now. I wish him well. I think he’d do a good job at it. He’s respected in that manor. He played the game the way it’s supposed to be played. He knows how to win the respect of his peers and individuals he’d be over and above. I think he’d do real well at it.

“I think he’ll groom himself into an individual who will do a better than average job at it.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/29 Andre Dawson day

Cubs fans will have a chance to bow one more time to “The Hawk” on Monday. Andre Dawson, 56, recently enshrined into baseball’s Hall of Fame, will be celebrated prior to the Cubs’ game Monday night against the Pirates at Wrigley Field.

Dawson played right field for the Cubs from 1987-92, winning the National League Most Valuable Player award in his first season in Chicago when he hit .287, 49 homers and drove in 137 runs. Although he was inducted into Cooperstown wearing an Expos cap, Dawson acknowledged the Cubs fans and how special they were to him when he roamed right at Wrigley.

“You were a true blessing in my life,” Dawson said in his speech about the Cubs faithful. “I didn’t know what it was like to be loved by a city until I got to Chicago. … You were the wind beneath the Hawk’s wings.”

The Cubs are not retiring Dawson’s No. 8, which is currently worn by manager Mike Quade, but they will present him with gifts to commemorate his days with the team. In addition, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has officially proclaimed Aug. 30 as “Andre Dawson Day” in Chicago. The first 10,000 fans entering the ballpark will receive a commemorative Dawson cap.

— Carrie Muskat

8/16 Dawson to speak to kids

New Hall of Famer Andre Dawson will address Chicago middle school students Monday in the first installment of Cubs Citi Kids, an educational and motivational community-based initiative. The program was developed by Citi in collaboration with the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Chicago Urban League and the Cubs. Dawson was to speak at the Yale Elementary School in Chicago.

— Carrie Muskat

8/3 Cubs trivia

Some notes on the Cubs’ season, supplied by baseball historian Ed Hartig:

* The Cubs have lost eight games by double digits this year. The last time they reached that number was in 1953 when they lost a club-worst nine games by at least 10 runs. They also lost nine games by at least 10 runs in 1895.

* The Cubs have lost five games by at least a dozen runs this season. The only other time in franchise history that has happened was in 1895 when they lost once by 12 runs, three times by 13 and once by 17. The Cubs have never lost six games by at least 12 runs in a season.

* Entering this season, the Cubs had not lost by at least 15 runs since May 20, 1996 (an
18-1 loss in Atlanta). They have now done it twice in the last four games. Before this year, the last time the Cubs lost by at least 15 runs twice in the same season was 1977.

On April 27, 1977, the Cubs lost 21-3 at home against the Cardinals. On July 4 that year, they lost 19-3 at home against the Expos in the first game of a doubleheader. The July 4 game is also memorable for two other things: One, Andre Dawson hit his first Wrigley Field home run that game (obviously, with Montreal). Two, Cubs outfielder/first baseman Larry Biittner pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up three home runs (including Dawson’s) and striking out three. Biittner also nearly hit batter Del Unser with a pitch that drew a warning from umpire Terry Tata and an automatic $50 fine from the league. Newspaper accounts say that the the pitch was going so slowly that it was “almost going backwards”.

— Carrie Muskat

7/25 The Hawk lands in the HOF

Andre Dawson made a point of thanking Cubs fans for welcoming him to the city and supporting him during his induction speech Sunday at the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

“From my heart, thank you, Cubs fans,” Dawson said as fans bowed to him “You’re a true blessing in my life. I never knew what it felt to be loved by a city until I came to Chicago. You gave me new life in baseball when I arrived and you are the reason I contineud to play.

“You were the wind beneath the Hawk’s wings,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat

7/23 Hall of Fame

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks sang the seventh inning stretch Friday and will head to Cooperstown on Saturday to take part in the ceremonies when Andre Dawson is inducted. Dawson may be going in wearing an Expos cap, but the Cubs are treating it as if he’s one of their own and will host a reception for the Hawk Saturday night. Hall of Famers Billy Williams and Ryne Sandberg will attend the reception and ceremony.

— Carrie Muskat