"If they ever cut the ivy down, they’ll find a hundred baseballs
in there." -Andre Dawson
-Wrigley Field underwent more changes in 1927.
-Upper deck seating became available, but only in left field.
-A year later the right field seating was completed in 1928.
-In turn, the Cubs began setting attendance records.
-1,485,166 fans set a new team attendance record in 1929.
-Attendance June 27, 1930 vs. Brooklyn Robins: 51,556
-Still the largest crowd ever for baseball at Wrigley Field.
Video is Paul Maholm’s (7-13) bullpen before his start Monday night.
Cubs slapped the lefty around pretty well–3.1 IP, 8-R, 9-H.
Look closely in the background and you’ll see Andre Dawson throwing out the first pitch!
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.
As I predicted, and according to Fred Mitchell at the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs are promising the Hawk a jersey retirement if he goes in the HOF as a Cub.
It’s not an issue with Dawson, who publicly stated last week he would prefer a Cubs cap on his Hall plaque. Problem is, Dawson and the Cubs have no say in the matter…it’s the Hall of Fame’s decision.
You can’t erase Montreal from baseball history, and I wouldn’t want to, either.
But baseball left Montreal and it’s not coming back.
That’s why Dawson goes into the HOF wearing a Cubs cap.
Congratulations to the Hawk for making the Hall of Fame! Unquestionably, it is well deserved.
I’ve always said Dawson was a no-brainer pick, despite the writers’ refusal the past eight years.
But thankfully, the scribes came to their senses, elected Dawson in and finished what should’ve happened years ago.
Of course, if there’s any silver lining to Dawson’s long wait it’s that he’ll shares the stage with no one come the July induction ceremonies. Cool for the Hawk, but bad for the Hall.
Picking Hall of Famers isn’t as difficult as the writers make it out to be.
To me it’s a black or white issue, either the guy was one of the best during his era or he wasn’t.
If a player falls in the grey area I probably don’t vote for him.
And if he’s a noted steroids user he’s out of luck, too.