From Dawson's 1977 rookie panel card taken @Shea. The "hawk" would go on to win the 1977 NL Rookie of the year and signal the rise of the Expos into contention over the next 5 or 6 seasons. Dawson was always one of my favorite players. Unfortunately for him his knees were wrecked even before he subjected them to the crappy carpet at Olympic Stadium. Still he put together a HOF career that landed him in Cooperstown. I met him this father's day at the HOF game in Cooperstown and I have to say he's one heck of a nice guy. I actually busted his chops for wearing a Marlins jersey. I said, "Why not your Expo jersey, Hawk?" His reply, "Doesn't fit anymore !"
Taken from his 78 Topps Card. Clearly taken @ Shea.
Notice just how much he choked up on the bat ? Even the lightest hitters playing today refuse to choke up, especially when they have 2 strikes. Is it any wonder why strikeouts are up ?
From his 1977 rookie panel card. He would go on to have a find career as a "swingman" for both the Expos and Tigers.
Custom airbrush. Pasted head shot from his '77 Orioles card onto a 1982 Fleer photo of Scott Sanderson
From his '78 Topps card. Bahnsen had some good years in the AL with the Yankees and the Chisox. He came to Montreal and had 4 or 5 solid years in the bullpen as a setup man and middle reliever.
8x10 glossy. The "Crow" never seemed to smile in any photos that he took. For the longest time he was the only lefty bat in a predominantly right handed lineup. He split time between 1st and right field and had a gun for an arm. He would have spent more time in right if Ellis Valentine was ahead of him with a canon for an arm.
8x10 glossy shot taken in Wrigley. By the time McEnaney arrived in Montreal his arm was abused from years in Cincy where he was a top guy in Dr. Hook's relief staff.