Happy Veterans Day!
In the final (for now) installment of the “What Baseball Means to Me” series, Hall of Famer Andre Dawson provides an answer.
Dawson, who is a special assistant to the president with the Miami Marlins organization, spent 21 seasons in the big leagues from 1976-1996 with the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins. He captured the 1987 National League Most Valuable Player honor. A career .279 hitter, Dawson blasted 438 homers. He received eight Gold Gloves for his work in the outfield, earned eight All-Star selections and was named the 1977 NL Rookie of the Year.
Now 61, Dawson grew up in South Florida. He attended Southwest High School before moving on to Florida A&M. He was an 11th-round pick in the 1975 draft.