Saturday, February 4, 2012

1986 TOPPS SHAWON DUNSTON

SHAWON WAS A CUB FAN'S CROSS TO BEAR.
A COCKEYED CARD BACK SEEMS SOMEHOW APPROPRIATE.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • Nice card and photo of Shawon Dunston, The Rifleman of Addison. I have a lot of memories of watching Cubs games on WGN at work during the '80s and '90s and seeing the daily ups and downs of Dunston.

THE BACK PAGE

  • That was some season Shawon had with Class-A Quad Cities. That run-production and speed made him the Midwest League's Prospect of the Year. 
  • Many in Chicago were wondering if he could be the next Ernie Banks.

PHOTO PLAY

  • Like many of the Topps '86 cards, this photo was taken late in the day, providing perfect lighting and contrast.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Stat guy Bill James had an interesting take on Dunston: He called him the ''eternal rookie,'' a player who continued to make rookie mistakes his entire career. I can't say I disagree.
  • Dunston hated to walk (an average of 11 times per season in 18 years).
  • Even though he hit for an OK average (.269) his on-base percentage (.296) was one of the lowest for a player with 4,500 plate appearances.
  • He struck out a nice even 1,000 times. 
  • Combined with Ryne Sandberg to give the Cubs an exciting double-play combo.
  • 1986 was Dunston's first full season in Chicago and in 611 at-bats, he hit .250 with 17 HRs, 68 RBI and 13 steals. Of course with Shawon, there was a flip side: He also committed 32 errors.

THE SHAWON-O-METER RULED.

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