After nine appearances on the ballot, former Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson got the call he has been waiting for today when he was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dawson played 21 seasons but fell short—by 62—of the magical number of 500 home runs. Belting 500 no longer carries the meaning it used to, and voters seem to be willing to give another hard look at stars from the pre-Steroid Era.
Playing in an era when hitting 20 home runs meant you were a power hitter, Dawson topped 20 homers 13 times. He drove in 100 or more runs four times. And he hit better than .300 five times. Not bad for a five-tool player who won eight Gold Gloves and is one of three players who has 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases.