Andre Dawson was a standout at Florida A&M University when he was spotted by Montreal Expos scout, Bill Adair, who would convince his employers to select the Miami native in the 11th round of the 1975 amateur draft. After minor league stints in Lethbridge, Quebec City and Denver, Dawson would make his big league debut on September 11, 1976. The following year, he would hit .282 and belt 19 home runs, earning himself National League Rookie of the Years honours.
Over his next nine seasons with the Expos, the five-tool outfielder evolved into the best all-around player in franchise history. In Dawson’s successful tenure in Montreal, he was selected to three all-star teams, won three Silver Slugger Awards and captured six Gold Gloves. The quiet Expos leader was also named The Sporting News Player of the Year in 1981. In his 11 seasons in Montreal, Dawson accumulated 225 home runs, 838 RBIs and 2,679 total bases – all numbers that rank second in franchise history. For his efforts, his No. 10 was retired by the club in 1997.
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