The Hawk, Andre Dawson, leads baseball Hall of Fame class
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – A look at the honorees to be inducted today into the Baseball Hall of Fame:
ANDRE NOLAN DAWSON: Born July 10, 1954, in Miami … 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, batted right-handed and threw right-handed … nicknamed “Hawk” for his fearlessness and intensity … as a power-hitting outfielder batted .279 with 2,774 hits, 438 home runs and 1,591 RBIs in a major league career from 1976-96 … played for four major league teams but spent most of his career with the Montreal Expos (1976-86) and Chicago Cubs (1987-92) … named NL rookie of the year in 1977 after batting .282 with 19 homers and 65 RBIs … won NL MVP in 1987, leading the league with 49 homers and 137 RBIs after being runner-up in 1981 and 1983 … batted .300 five times, drove in 100 runs four times, and had 13 seasons of 20 or more home runs … also stole 25 or more bases six times … one of only three major leaguers to hit 400 homers and steal more than 300 bases (Willie Mays and Barry Bonds are the others) … led the NL in outfield putouts from 1981-83 and won eight Gold Gloves … eight-time All-Star … elected in January on his ninth try.
DORREL NORMAN ELVERT “WHITEY” HERZOG: Born Nov. 9, 1931, in New Athens, Ill. … a left-handed batter and thrower who played outfield and first base … batted .254 in eight major league seasons with 25 homers, 172 RBIs, 213 runs, 60 doubles, 20 triples, and 13 stolen bases in 634 games with Washington, Baltimore, Kansas City, and Detroit … served as a scout, manager, general manager and farm system director after his playing career ended in 1963. … led the Kansas City Royals to three consecutive playoff appearances from 1976-78 and had six division winners. … hired in 1980 to manage the St. Louis Cardinals … won three pennants and led the Cardinals to the 1982 World Series title … finished his managing career in 1990 with a 1,279-1,123 record for a .532 winning percentage … the 19th manager to make the Hall, Herzog was elected in December by the Veterans Committee.
HAROLD DOUGLAS HARVEY: Born March 13, 1930, in South Gate, Calif. … began officiating high school basketball games at 16 and later umpired softball and baseball … attended San Diego State College in 1955-56, where he played baseball and football … returned to officiating as an umpire in the minor leagues and also worked college basketball and football … umpired in the California League from 1958-60 and in the Pacific Coast League in 1961 … worked in the National League from 1962-92 … one of the last major league umpires who didn’t attend umpiring school … umpired 4,673 regular-season games during his major league career … called five World Series, six All-Star Games and nine National League championship series … ninth umpire to be inducted and the first living umpire inducted since Al Barlick in 1989.
JON MILLER: Recipient of Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for major contributions to baseball broadcasting … born Oct. 11, 1951, in the San Francisco Bay Area … worked as sports director for KFTY television in Santa Rosa … spent parts of five decades as the voice of five major league teams … in 1974 became play-by-play man for the Oakland A’s … also broadcast hockey, soccer, and college and pro basketball before returning to baseball with the Texas Rangers’ radio crew in 1978 … moved to Boston in 1980 to take the Red Sox radio job and three years later went to Baltimore to handle the Orioles’ radio duties … worked NBC “Game of the Week” from 1986-89 with Frick Award winners Tony Kubek and Joe Garagiola … lead broadcaster for “Sunday Night Baseball” telecasts for 20 years … returned to San Francisco in 1997 to become the voice of the Giants … has broadcast 13 World Series.
BILL MADDEN: Recipient of J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually for meritorious contributions to baseball writing … born in 1946 and grew up in New Jersey … graduated from Bergen Catholic High School … majored in journalism at the University of South Carolina … was a sports writer with UPI for nine years before joining the New York Daily News in 1978 … was the New York Yankees’ beat writer for the paper from 1980-88 and became national baseball columnist in 1989 … has covered 35 World Series … wrote a longtime column for The Sporting News on collecting memorabilia … has written five books on baseball … served as a member of the Hall of Fame Screening Committee for the annual BBWAA ballot and the Historical Overview Committee that formulates the Veterans Committee ballots.