OTD: Montréal Expos retire Andre Dawson’s number

On today’s date in 1997, the Montréal Expos retired Andre Dawson’s number 10 uniform.

Throughout their 35-year franchise, the Montréal Expos retired four numbers in honour of iconic players, including Dawson’s number 10; Gary Carter’s number eight; Rusty Staub’s number 10; and Tim Raines number 30. When the franchise relocated to Washington, D.C. following the 2004 season, the newly created Washington Nationals chose not to recognize any of the four numbers retired in Montréal.

As an interesting aside, on Oct. 18, 2005, the Montréal Canadiens honoured the former team by raising an Expos commemorative banner listing the retired numbers to the rafters of the Bell Centre.

In 1987, Dawson was traded to the Cubs and quickly became the team’s starting right fielder, hitting an MLB-leading 49 home runs before being named the league’s MVP after two years as runner up in Montreal.

1987 ONE-OUNCE SILVER MEDAL

In 1987, Dawson was featured on a limited edition one-ounce silver medal in commemoration of being named that year’s National League MVP after an impressive season with the Chicago Cubs.

What’s more, while Dawson was making a name for himself in Montreal and then in Chicago, he was also earning a reputation in numismatics.

In 1998, the former MLB all-star saw his collection sold by Heritage Auctions at the Long Beach Coin Expo in California.

Dawson worked with a Florida coin dealer to amass a collection of coins that was noteworthy for its consistently high condition and rarity. Highlights include an 1897-O half dollar, an 1854-S gold eagle and an 1800 silver dollar.

Nicknamed “Awesome Dawson” and “The Hawk,” Dawson finished his career with 2,774 hits, 438 home runs, 314 stolen bases and 1,591 runs batted in. He’s one of only eight players in MLB history to record more than 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases in his career (known as the 300-300 Club).

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