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Encyclopedia > Shawon Dunston
Shawon Dunston
Shortstop
Born: March 21, 1963 (1963-03-21) (age 44)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1985
for the Chicago Cubs
Final game
September 29, 2002
for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
AVG     .269
HR     150
Hits     1597
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Batted .790 his senior year at Brooklyn's Thomas Jefferson High School (1982)
  • #1 Overall Draft Pick 1982 MLB Amateur Draft
  • Twice All-Star (1988, 1990)
  • Led NL shortstops in putouts, assists, double plays, errors and home runs (1986)
  • Tied a major league record with three triples in a game (July 28, 1990)
  • Along with Barry Bonds became just the 12th pair of teammates to hit back-to-back homers as pinch hitters (August 23, 2001)
  • Belted the Giants' 14th pinch hit home run of the season to tie the Diamondbacks major league record (September 8, 2001)
  • One of top 500 major league home run hitters

Shawon Donnell Dunston (born March 21, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former shortstop and right-handed batter in Major League Baseball. He resides in Fremont, CA. He was the first overall pick in the 1982 MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs, and played for the Cubs (1985-95, 1997), San Francisco Giants (1996, 1998, 2001-02), Pittsburgh Pirates (1997), Cleveland Indians (1998), St. Louis Cardinals (1999, 2000) and New York Mets (1999). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... This article is about the baseball concept. ... 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Beloved by Cubs fans, Dunston was a rifle-armed shortstop with some pop in his bat. He joined double-play partner Ryne Sandberg as an All-Star in 1988 and 1990. Dunston was also a key contributor to the Cubs' NL East division title in 1989, hitting .278 with 20 doubles, 6 triples, 9 home runs, 60 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases. After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) for a team or a fielder is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ... Ryne Dee Sandberg (born September 18, 1959 in Spokane, Washington), nicknamed Ryno, is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who spent nearly his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1990 throughout the world. ... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... This article is about the baseball concept. ... “RBI” redirects here. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ...


Dunston's fans were known for holding up a "Shawon-O-Meter" at Cubs games, which displayed his batting average, followed by the words "And rising!!!" The Shawon-O-Meter was frequently seen by baseball fans around the country, as Cubs games were then being broadcast on superstation WGN. Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Superstation in United States television can have several meanings. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...


In the second half of his career, Dunston was sidelined by back surgery, and various aches and pains in his throwing arm and his legs. Told that his career was in jeopardy following back surgery, he sought help from his friend John Balano. With Balano's help as his private strength and conditioning coach, Dunston returned to the Cubs and earned his starting job at shortstop back. In fact, he played another 10 years and retained Balano in each off-season for (according to major league insiders) grueling 5:00am workouts. The two remain close, and Dunston on several occasions has referred to Balano as his "Big Brother".


It was Balano, along with Dusty Baker, who talked Dunston out of premature retirement when he was traded to the Mets from St. Louis. Dunston's 15-pitch at bat and subsequent stolen base led to him scoring the winning run in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series (versus the Atlanta Braves) and assured that the Mets would live another day as the series traveled back to Atlanta. To this day, that at bat is part of major league playoff lore. Johnnie B. Dusty Baker, Jr. ... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... The 1999 National League Championship Series, to determine the champion of Major League Baseballs National League, was played between the East Division Champion Atlanta Braves and the Wild Card New York Mets. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston...


At the end of his career, he was used mainly as a fourth outfielder and a role player off the bench. He won the 1996 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership. In 2001 in his third stint with the San Francisco Giants he famously made a bet with slugger Barry Bonds during the first day of spring training, that Bonds would break Mark McGwire's single season home run record. Bonds told Dunston that if he broke the record then he would get him a new Mercedes car. When the season began Bonds started well hitting 11 homers in the first month and a record 39 by the all-star break. During a road game against Colorado Bonds smashed 3 home runs, numbers 61, 62 and 63 in a 9-4 Giants victory. After homer no. 63 the camera switched to Dunston in the dugout as he sat back laughing and pretending to steer a car. Bonds would go on to hit 73 home runs during that year breaking the previous record of 70 set by Mark McGwire in 1998. Dunstons crowning achievement was his last season when he played with the San Francisco Giants as they battled the Anaheim Angels to the brink in the 2002 World Series. In Game 6 Dunston hit a 2 run home run to left field, and was greeted at home plate with a hug and kiss from his then young son Shawon, Jr., who was a bat boy for the Giants. Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... Willie McCovey The Willie Mac Award is named in honor of Willie McCovey. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) is currently a left fielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. ... Mark David McGwire (born October 1, 1963 in Pomona, California) is a former professional baseball player who played the majority of his major league career with the Oakland Athletics before finishing his career with the St. ... This page is about the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles and trucks from the DaimlerChrysler automobile manufacturer. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Other nicknames The Halos, The Wings, The Seraphs... Dates October 19, 2002–October 27, 2002 MVP Troy Glaus (Anaheim) Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires Jerry Crawford, Mike Reilly, Tim McClelland, Tim Tschida, Mike Winters, Angel Hernandez The 2002 World Series featured the Anaheim Angels (American League) and the San Francisco Giants (National League... The Weekly World News proclaims the discovery of the 2-foot tall chiropteran child on June 23, 1992 Bat Boy is a fictional creature who appears regularly in the supermarket tabloid Weekly World News. ...


Dunston was a career .269 hitter with 150 home runs and 668 RBI in 1814 games. Bill James noted that Dunston was an "eternal rookie, a player who continued until the end of his career to make rookie mistakes."[1] George William “Bill” James (born October 5, 1949 in Holton, Kansas) is a baseball writer, historian and statistician whose work has been widely influential. ...


See also

In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ...

References

George William “Bill” James (born October 5, 1949 in Holton, Kansas) is a baseball writer, historian and statistician whose work has been widely influential. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is a reference-type book written by Bill James featuring an overview of baseball decade by decade, along with rankings of the top 100 players at each position. ... Jean-François Millet Le Semeur (The Sower) Simon & Schuster logo, circa 1961. ...

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • Shawon Dunston Fan Forum
Preceded by
Mike Moore
First overall pick in the MLB Entry Draft
1982
Succeeded by
Tim Belcher

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Shawon Dunston at AllExperts (386 words)
Shawon Donnell Dunston (born March 21, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and right-handed batter.
Dunston was also a key contributor to the Cubs' NL East division title in 1989, hitting.278 with 9 home runs, 60 RBIs and 19 steals.
Dunston was a career.269 hitter with 150 home runs and 668 RBI in 1814 games.
Ozzie Guillen versus Shawon Dunston (387 words)
Shawon Dunston of the Chicago Cubs and Ozzie Guillen of the Chicago White Sox both started their major league careers at shortshop in 1985.
Shawon Dunston was said to have the fastest arm in baseball--including all the pitchers.
Shawon was my idol as a young teenager....I wore his number throughout little league and beyond...and oh yeah, he DID have the greatest arm in baseball, undeniably.
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