6.13.2010

Shawon Dunston, 1989 Topps

Name: Shawon Dunston
Team: Chicago Cubs
Position: Shortstop
Value of card: One thrift-store Christmas sweater
Key 1988 stat: Four cases of hypothermia
Putting the "O" back in Shawon: In 1988, Shawon Dunston was mired in the worst slump of his career. Hitting .131 through the first two months of the season, Dunston sat down with manager Don Zimmer for a chat. "You need to heat up," the large-headed Zimmer told his struggling shortstop, "or you're coming out of the lineup." Never a mental giant, Dunston took Zimmer's advice literally. The next afternoon, Dunston stepped out of the dugout wearing three thermal undershirts, a cardigan and a turtleneck under his jersey. Drenched in sweat, he hit safely in his first two at-bats before collapsing from dehydration.
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