Report: Cubs would retire No. 8

Updated: January 10, 2010, 8:53 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Andre Dawson has another reason to hope he enters the Hall of Fame wearing a Cubs hat. If he does, the Chicago Cubs have promised to retire his No. 8 jersey, a source close to Dawson told the Chicago Tribune on Sunday.

The Hall of Fame has yet to announce whether Dawson will wear a Cubs or Expos hat on his Hall of Fame plaque. Brad Horn, senior director of communication and education for the Hall of Fame and Museum, told ESPNChicago's Bruce Levine that the Hall won't make a decision before it does its due diligence and proper research. Horn said he expects a decision to be made before Spring Training begins.

A source close to Dawson told Levine that the eight-time All-Star would prefer to be enshrined as a Cub, but the decision is ultimately up to Hall officials.

Dawson spent 11 years as an Expo and six years as a Cub. He had his best season of his career as a Cub, winning the National League MVP in 1987 with 49 home runs and 137 RBIs.

If the organization does decide to retire Dawson's jersey, he would become the seventh Cub to receive that honor. The other Cubs to have their jersey numbers retired are Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, Greg Maddux, Ferguson Jenkins, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo. Jackie Robinson's No. 42 was retired throughout baseball in 1997.

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