The first 399 were hit in Candlestick Park, Wrigley Field, Chavez Ravine, the Astrodome and other National League outposts. The first 399 were hit when he was an everyday outfielder.
In the second inning of last night’s electric, 4-3, 13-inning Red Sox victory, Andre Dawson hit home run No. 400 while playing the new role of designated hitter. His 400th was his first as a DH, his first as an American Leaguer and his first in the direction of a Citgo sign.
Dawson’s 400th homer was a line shot into the screen monster over Fenway’s left-field wall. It came long before the pulsating heroics of Jeff (they got him on Spec) Richardson.
Andre’s 400th went into the safety net that once welcomed drives hit by Dick Stuart, Tony Conigliaro, Carlton Fisk and Jim Rice.
And so now he walks with the diamond gods. Dawson’s smash off Jose Mesa makes him one of 25 men who’ve hit 400 homers in the big leagues. With the legitimate exceptions of bowser Dave Kingman and four who are not yet eligible, all members of the 400 Club are in the Hall of Fame. Dawson will be there sometime after the turn of the century.
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