Village to honor Hall of Fame member Andre Dawson

By Lee Stephens….

Andre Dawson

Pinecrest will honor baseball Hall of Famer and long-time Pinecrest resident Andre Dawson by designating the main field at Suniland Park as Andre Dawson Field. Mayor Cindy Lerner and the Village Council will conduct ceremonies to honor Dawson and re-name the field at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy.

“Pinecrest wishes to recognize an exemplary resident with an outstanding career as a professional athlete,” said Mayor Lerner.

The designation of the Suniland Park field as Andre Dawson Field was approved by the Village Council earlier last year.

Dawson’s professional baseball career spanned nearly 20 years, beginning in 1976. He played for the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, then ended his career with the Florida Marlins in 1996. His many honors include Rookie of the Year in 1977 and National League Most Valuable Player in 1987. In 2010, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The ceremony to re-name the Suniland field will be held in conjunction with the annual Howard Palmetto Baseball/Softball Association community picnic.

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