The Hall of Fame got it wrong — the Hawk should be enshrined wearing a Cubs cap.
The fact Dawson believes his six years in Chicago elevated his status to Hall of Famer, not his 11-years in Montreal, should’ve been a deciding factor, at least much more than it appears to have been.
I understand the Hall’s duty to represent its member’s achievements as accurately as possible, but it’s not like Dawson’s numbers with Chicago would’ve misrepresented his career, either.
And that’s what disappoints me the most, the Hall leaving Dawson to celebrate his prestigious award with a team no longer in existence.
Okay, so technically the Expos are the Washington Nationals — big deal. The Hawk has zero ties to its city or fan base, which much prefers to think of its club as the second coming of the Senators than an extension of the Expos anyway.
The Hall’s regrettable decision, however, may work in the Hawk’s favor. By having his public admission to enter Cooperstown as a Cubs denied, it’s quite possible he’ll be endeared by Cubs Nation even more.
Had the Hawk got his wish, this story ends come July. As it is, Dawson will forever be remembered as a Chicago Cub. Now that’s worth celebrating!