'Rookie' Dawson joins newest team

"The Hawk" has landed in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Andre Dawson, who endured 12 knee surgeries to forge an impressive 21-year major league career, was inducted Sunday into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the 203rd player in the game’s long history to receive the honor.

“Thank you for welcoming this rookie to your team” said Dawson, who played for a decade in Montreal before signing with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent. “It’s an honor beyond words. I didn’t play this game with this goal in mind, but I’m living proof that if you love this game, the game will love you back.”

Dawson, 56, was an All-Star eight times who had 438 homers, 2,774 hits, 1,591 RBI and 314 stolen bases in his career from 1976-96. He was one of three players to have 400 career homers and steal 300 bases.

He was part of a class that included Whitey Herzog, who went 1,279-1,123 during 18 years as a manager with three World Series appearances and one title (1982 with St. Louis), umpire Doug Harvey, broadcaster Jon Miller and sportswriter Bill Madden.

Harvey clearly was touched by the honor.

“If you’re a true baseball fan, you need to visit Cooperstown,” he said. “This is home, and you need to touch home. I’ll be watching to make sure you do.”


Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry joined their former manager, Davey Johnson, and longtime general manager Frank Cashen in the New York Mets’ Hall of Fame as all four were inducted prior to the team’s series finale against Arizona on Sunday. … Right-hander Carlos Silva left the Chicago Cubs’ game against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday in the first inning with an abnormal heart rate. He will remain in a Denver hospital overnight for observation. … Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler suffered bruised ribs and a bruised left hip after crashing into the wall in the ninth inning. He will have a follow-up MRI today. … Kansas City Royals right-hander Gil Meche has decided to try coming back as a reliever instead of opting for season-ending shoulder surgery. … Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard left Sunday’s game against Washington with a sprained left ankle. X-rays were negative. … The Houston Astros signed starter Brett Myers to a two-year, $21 million contract extension with a club option for a third year. … Milwaukee left-hander Randy Wolf left the Brewers’ game against Houston in the seventh inning after he was hit on his left wrist by a single by Hunter Pence. X-rays were negative, but Wolf will have an MRI today.