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1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson’s Final Major League Game Of His 21-Season Career

1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson’s Final Major League Game Of His 21-Season Career

On this day in 1996, Andre Dawson played in his final major league game capping a 21-season career.

Dawson and his Marlins teammates were on the road in Houston taking on the Astros.  Regulated to a bench role in his final season, Dawson did not make start in the game, but he did make an appearance as a pinch hitter.

Dawson did not get a hit, he popped out in foul territory to record the final out of his major league career.

The Marlins lost the game 5-4 and Andre Dawson’s career was over.  Dawson was one of the most well-rounded players from his generation – a guy that displayed all of baseball’s ‘5 Tools’ en route to being a Rookie of the Year Award winner, an MVP, an 8-time All-Star, an 8-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a 7-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Congratulations on a fantastic major league career Andre.  And ‘THANK YOU’ so much for the amazing memories!!!

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1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Captures The Final Hit & Final RBI Of His Major League Career

1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Captures The Final Hit & Final RBI Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1996, Andre Dawson connected for the final hit and drove in the last RBI of his major league career.

At home and hosting their divisional rivals, the Atlanta Braves, the Florida Marlins were looking to eclipse the .500 mark by the end of the 1996 baseball season.  With just 4 games to go, and a record of 79-80, the Marlins were hosting the leaders of the NL East, the Braves.

In front of a home crowd of more than 25,000 fans, Andre Dawson put on one last ‘show’ for the home team and the baseball world.

‘Hawk’ went 3-for-4 in the game driving in one run and scoring two times.  All three hits were singles, with them all coming off of Braves’ hurler, Denny Neagle.   The final player to score courtesy of an Andre Dawson RBI was Edgar Renteria who scored on a Dawson single in the bottom of the first inning.

The Marlins won the game 7-0.

Happy Anniversary Andre!!!

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1975 Topps Set Card 270/660 – #15 – Jose Cardenal, Cubs

1975 Topps Set Card 270/660 – #15 – Jose Cardenal, Cubs

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Card Number:  15

Player Name:  Jose Cardenal

Team:  Chicago Cubs

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1963-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jose Cardenal played in 154 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1975.  He hit .317 for the team, a career high.  Cardenal connected for 182 hits in his 154 games played.  Of his 182 hits, he hit 30 doubles and 9 home runs.  He also scored 85 runs for the club in ’75 while also driving in 68.

Notes From Career:  Jose Cardenal suited up for 9 different clubs during his 18-year big league career.  He is a lifetime .275 hitter with 1,913 career hits on his resume.  Cardenal stole 329 bases during his playing days while also scoring 936 runs.

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Happy Birthday Rafael Palmeiro!!!

Happy Birthday Rafael Palmeiro!!!

Rafael Palmeiro turns 50 years old today.

Rafael Palmeiro quietly put together an amazing career as he reached several baseball milestones that define greatness as an offensive player.  While never considered to be the best player in the league, and even on his team at times, Palmerio’s numbers are rare.

No batting titles.  Only 1 season of 200 or more hits.  But, consistency was Palmeiro’s game.  In his 20-season career, Palmerio collected 3,020 hits.  Hitting between 140-170 hits a year is all it took for Palmeiro to become one of the game’s most consistent offensive players.  His career batting average is .288, and he has 6 seasons of hitting .300 or better.

Palmeiro also had a power game that was rare for such a disciplined contact hitter.  ‘Raffy’ has 569 career home runs which places him in 10th place in baseball history.  Off to a relatively slow start in the beginning of his career, Palmeiro’s power numbers began to take off during the 1991 season.  From 1999-2004, Palmeiro hit at least 22 homers per season with his maximum output being 47 in both the 1999 and 2001 seasons.

‘Raffy’ has also collected 1,835 RBI and has scored 1,663 runs during his playing days.

Palmeiro has finished in the Top 19 for the MVP award 10 times.  He is a 4-time All-star, a 3-time Gold Glove award winner, and a 2-time Silver Slugger winner.

Happy Birthday Raffy!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 268/660 – #604 – Oscar Zamora, Cubs

1975 Topps Set Card 268/660 – #604 – Oscar Zamora, Cubs

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Card Number:  604

Player Name:  Oscar Zamora

Team:  Chicago Cubs

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  4 seasons, 1974-76, 1978

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Zamora appeared in 52 games for the Cubs in 1975.  He compiled a record of 5-2 with an ERA of 5.07 in those games.  Zamora worked in 71 innings, allowing 84 hits and 42 runs while striking out 28 and walking 15.

Notes From Career:  Zamora ended his major league career with a 13-14 record over 158 games played.  He worked in 224 total innings, allowing 256 hits and 121 runs en route to a career ERA of 4.53.  In those 224 innings, Zamora gave up 256 hits and 121 runs.

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1985 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #200

1985 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #200

On this day in 1985, Andre Dawson hit the 200th home run of his major league career.

With the Montreal Expos on the road in Chicago, Dawson and his teammates were facing his eventual employer – the Chicago Cubs.

Dawson entered the game with 199 career home runs, and in the top of the fifth inning, against Cubs pitcher Steve Trout, Dawson delivered a solo home run that gave the Expos a 2-1 lead.  Dawson would end up going 1-for-5 in the game with 1 hit, 1 home run, and 1 RBI.  The Expos won the game 10-7.

Congrats on #200 Hawk!!!

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1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Final Home Run Of His Career, #438

1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Final Home Run Of His Career, #438

On this day in 1996, Andre Dawson connected for the last home run of his major league baseball career.  Dawson and the Marlins were at home facing the Houston Astros.  Dawson entered the game as a pinch hitter and with two men on in the bottom of the eighth inning, he connected on a 3-1 pitch for a deep home run down the left field line.  The blast, #438 of his career, came against the Houston Astros and pitcher Xavier Hernandez.  Two men were on base for the shot, and Dawson plated three runs to help extend the Marlins lead and eventual 6-0 win.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Dawson!!!

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