They failed to mention the SHAWON-O-METER.
1989 was more than the Simpsons' first year on the air. (TCA Staff)
Cub fans may remember the "Shawon-O-Meter" in the left field bleachers of Wrigley Field from 1989-1997. The Smithsonian Institution andChicago History Museum have a version in their archives while the Baseball Hall of Fame has one on display.
Makeshift placard that tracked Chicago Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston's batting average.
They failed to mention the SHAWON-O-METER.
1989 was more than the Simpsons' first year on the air. (TCA Staff)
Here's to the Card-O-Meter, to 1,000,000 - and beyond!
Shawon with a Sac Fly in the Frontier League's first All-Star Game & Win!
Two Southern Illinois Miners played valuable roles for the Frontier League Wednesday night when they blanked the Can-Am League 7-0 in the leagues’ first All-Star Game in Pomona, N.Y.
Four-hit game for Shawon!
MARION — The start of a season-long nine-game homestand against the Frontier League’s last-place teams hasn’t exactly gone to plan for the Miners.
All-Star Shawon Jr.!
The Frontier League has tried for a long time to spice up its all-star game. It used the traditional division vs. division format for many years, then added a home
A little exposure before the game last night!
A somewhat unruly bunch.
On this 30th anniversary of the SHAWON-O-METER it’s the perfect time to kickoff the campaign of another #12, MLB All-Star Kyle Schwarber Chicago Cubs #EverybodyIn
If you switched over to the Cubs game after the Kentucky Derby you might have seen these credits. June 5th marks the 30th anniversary of the SHAWON-O-METER - how should we celebrate?
This photo was taken 6/4/14, the eve of the 25th anniversary. It was amazing to be in the booth with Len & JD. 6/5/19 marks the 30th anniversary!
It’s sad to see the Cubs leaving WGN, their partner through thick and (mostly) thin, writes Paul Sullivan. "It’s just another sign that nothing lasts forever."
Shawon Jr makes the final roster for the Auckland Tuatara in the Australian Baseball League. Josh Collmenter is also on the team. I saw Josh make his MLB debut in AZ on 11/17/11.
Auckland Tuatara manager Steve Mintz has confirmed the roster for the franchise’s Australian Baseball League debut series in Perth this week.
Shawon Jr with a big night in Auckland loss.
Wrap of the second game of the pre-season series against Brisbane.
On the Jumbo tonight!
Had heard about this playing on the Jumbo, finally get to see it!
Fan signs help make Wrigley Field history.
Cubsessions co-author Randy Richardson at the Cubs Legends display case yesterday in Wrigley Field. Copies available here!:
Shawon 1-4 with a sac fly in the Dogs win!
The meter is back at Impact Field tonight. Great job Sandy! Shawon Jr quickly doubled!
Shawon Jr gets mobbed after his walkoff hit in the bottom of the 11th!
Clearly all of our fans stuck it out 'til the end ... 😅
Second home win is in the books on a walk-off winner and the lone run of the game! Stick it out with us tomorrow as we close off the series. #SHUTOUT
Thank you Chicago Dogs for an epic night - capped-off with Shawon's walkoff hit in the 11th!
We couldn't wait until #TransformationTuesday to share this EPIC father➡️son transformation with you guys!
Thank you to David Cihla for throwing out the ceremonial first pitch yesterday and for bringing the Shawon-O-Meter back to life at none other than Impact Field for its 29th anniversary.
Shawon Jr with the walkoff RBI in extras!
Thankfully I didn’t suck. Honored to have Shawon Jr as my battery mate
First pitch ball
It's short notice but I'll be throwing out the first pitch tonight at Impact Field in Rosemont. It would be great to see some Shawon-O-Meter fans! It's $2 Domestic Beer Night - can't beat that!
BOY DO WE HAVE A SURPRISE FOR YOU!
29 years ago today, David Cihla raised the first Shawon-O-Meter in the bleachers of Wrigley Field in support of Shawon Dunston Sr. during a series against the Mets.
Tonight, on its 29th anniversary, the Shawon-O-Meter will make its return right here at Impact Field as Cihla will be throwing out the first pitch and premiering the return of the Shawon-O-Meter for the first time since 2002 for our very own, Shawon Dunston Jr.
What better way to #BePartOfHistory than to watch history repeat itself with us tonight?
Some flashback love on the jumbo tonight!
It might be time to dust off the Meter!
The son of the longtime Cubs shortstop will be a familiar name in the lineup for Chicago's new independent baseball club.
The Southernmost Shawon-O-Meter at the Greatest Bar in America!
Cubs Win!, Cubs Win!"
The Cubs’ new leadoff hitter Ian Happ christened the 2018 major-league season in a major-league way when he smacked a first-pitch fastball from Marlins starter Jose Urena, over the right-field fence. The Cubs went on to win 8-4
Here's Buco, Chicago native and Green Parrot utility-man, who, in sports parlance, can only be described as our Green Parrot Franchise Player, pictured here last year sprucing up our prized Shawon-O-Meter and our vintage Harray Caray poster.
, Go Cubs!!#greenparrotbar #shawonometer#shawondunston #cubs #openingday#chicagocubs#chicagosports #guthriestavern #wrigleyvilletap#wrigleyville #wrigleyfield #billygoattavern #gocubs#harrycaray #takeneouttotheballgame#letsplaytwo
Just in time for Opening Day!
Cubsessions tells the story of divergent life paths – the roads taken, the failures experienced, and the successes reached – and how those paths all come together for a collective passion.
Happy 70th birthday to Steve Stone. When Arne Harris aired the Shawon-O-Meter for the 1st time in 6/89 Stoney said "I like the Shawon-O-Meter, that's a good idea". Thanks again Steve for the encouragement!
Nice article on Shawon with some love for the meter in today's Sun Times that should make any Cubs fan of a certain age nostalgic.
“I was rooting for them after they beat us,” Dunston said. “I knew they had a chance to win the World Series, and I was rooting for them hard."
A change on the ICHI-METER.
The 2017 Cubs Legends display case.
Here is the Shawon-O-Meter on display at Wrigley Field, with a more prominent positioning of the accessories (red & blue marker, tape & calculator) for the 2017 season.
The Chicago Tribune is remembering Mike Royko this week, 20 years since his passing. Royko had a special affinity for Shawon, as evidenced in Paul Sullivan's (Sportswriter for the Tribune) 2010 post on his "Surviving the Cubs" blog.
Always have to pick sides in the World Series to make it worth watching, and this year I’m rooting for the Giants. It has nothing to do with the teams or the players or the cities, though San…
Nice mention in a review of Opening Night, the first in the championship era.
Fans love the addition of banners hailing the Chicago Cubs as 2016 World Champions. As for the rest of the night, fans are sorry to see the bullpens no longer on the field, but they are happy to see an infamous seat down the leftfield line vanish.
Folks visiting Wrigley Field will see many changes at the ballpark this year, including the “Cubs Legends” display case under the left field bleachers. The blue and red markers, scotch tape and calculator – critical components of the Shawon-O-Meter Display System – are now prominently displayed in front of the sign and no longer at the .2 – 7 fold. I noticed this upgrade around 1AM after the Home Opener but my phone had lost all power. Posted photo is from last season, will be documenting the new configuration during the ‘Opening Day’ game Thursday VS the Dodgers.
Here are Cubs arbitration results up until 2010, 40% of the players won - including Shawon. That seems to be about the MLB average. I don’t remember who it was but a sportswriter told me shortly after Shawon won that we were mentioned during the hearing, something like “and Shawon is a fan favorite, as evidenced by the ‘Shawon-O-Meter’.”
So all our shenanigans helped put $$$ in Shawon’s pocket!
The precursor to the Shawon-O-Meter, published the day of the 1990 All Star Game at Wrigley Field:
Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)
July 10, 1990
DYKSTRA FINDING CHICAGO HIS KIND OF TOWN, INDEED
Author: Frank Dolson, Inquirer Sports Editor
Estimated printed pages: 3
Len Dykstra spent the last three months determined to prove he could be a quality, everyday player in the big leagues. The Phillies' centerfielder did such a good job of it that tonight he's going to be at Wrigley Field, one of his favorite ballparks, batting leadoff for the National League all-stars.
He can hardly wait to see the reception he gets. Let the television people be forewarned: It may not be suitable for prime-time viewing.
"Every time I come here, they have a sheet out in the bleachers," Dykstra said. "I was telling my wife last night, I was wondering if they were going to have it for the All-Star Game."
You're probably wondering what the loyal members of the Lenny Dykstra Fan Club, Windy City division, have seen fit to print on that sheet. Perhaps something heartfelt but simple. A touching "We Love Lenny" would be nice.
Sorry. That's not it.
"It says, 'Lenny is a bed-wetter,' " said the all-star object of the Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums' affections. "It's huge, too. About six guys have to hold it. They put it in left field. I'm curious to see if they have that" tonight.
A thoughtful lot, those Bleacher Bums. Realizing how deeply touched Dykstra was the first time they unfurled their sheet, during a Mets visit in 1985, they've been bringing it ever since, not even deterred by Dykstra's change of uniforms.
"They haven't missed a game," the National League's starting centerfielder said with what sounded like a touch of pride. "It's big. That's some sheet."
"Yeah," he acknowledged, "I enjoy playing here. Definitely."
But never, in all probability, as much as he will enjoy playing here tonight, sheet or no sheet.
"Oh, it's great," Dykstra said early yesterday afternoon as he pulled on his uniform in Wrigley Field's home clubhouse. "To be with the National League's best players and to be voted in as an all-star is probably one of the top achievements a player can get. So I'm real excited and real happy."
Already, he was thinking about that magic moment when he comes to bat in the bottom of the first, stares out at the American League starter, Bob Welch, and awaits his first all-star pitch. A man needs to have a carefully thought- out plan of attack.
"I've got to decide whether to swing at the first pitch or take it and make my at-bat last long," Dykstra said, displaying the sense of humor that no doubt endeared him to the sheet-carriers in the bleachers. "It's a big decision. You know he's going to throw a fastball. You know I'm going to hit it. How exciting would that be, to hit a ground ball to second base on the first pitch?"
Certainly not exciting enough to befit the occasion. On the other hand, if he were to swing at Welch's first pitch and get a base hit, that would be exciting. Even an all-star with a major-league-high .360 batting average would get a charge out of that, especially one who was labeled a mere platoon player until he got to Philadelphia.
Dykstra said he "never really thought about" making the all-star team while he was in New York, platooning. "But I knew that once I had a chance to play every day, I'd have a chance to be where I'm at."
Where he was at on this red-letter day gave him an opportunity to rejoin some of his old Mets teammates - Kevin Mitchell, now of the Giants, who is the National League's starting leftfielder, and Darryl Strawberry.
"We were talking about that," Dykstra said. "It's pretty funny, isn't it? There were games Mitchell would be in left, I'd be in center and Straw would be in right, and now we're all here together at the All-Star Game."
Dykstra's sudden emergence as an all-star may have caught the sheet- carrying members of his fan club off guard, but it came as no surprise to his former Mets buddies.
Told that Strawberry said the big difference between Dykstra as a Phillie and Dykstra in his Mets days was that he finally was being given the opportunity to play every day, Dykstra replied: "Well, definitely. No question about it. I come to the ballpark now every day with the idea and plan that I've always had - getting on base."
It's a plan he has followed well, arriving at the 80-game point in the Phillies' season with an on-base percentage of .462. The fans were so impressed, they sent Dykstra soaring to the second-highest number of votes among the league's outfielders, a remarkably high finish for a man who had never come close to all-star recognition before.
"Yeah," he said, "they did a great job."
Maybe even those six guys with the sheet voted for him.
1. Phils' all-star at Wrigley batting cage. (United Press International)PHOTO
Copyright (c) 1990 The Philadelphia Inquirer
Record Number: 9002120318
4,000 wonderful words. @big_inning tackles the greatest inning of the greatest game of all time. Honored to be included. @Cubs @ChicagoMuseum
There’s almost a certain sadness to it all. Winning, against two lifetimes of failure. Peering out through the morning fog of the battlefield, seeing an arch-enemy finally downed. Shot, and stabbed…
David Fletcher (Chicago Baseball Museum) said the Meter was a hit w/Comcast at the preview of 'Reign Men'-Story of Game 7 to air 3/27 @Cubs
Game 7. Thanks to Brendan Donley for making this happen.
Newly discovered clip. Nice mention by Tom Seaver during Game 2 of the 1989 NLCS. Bob Costas on the play-by-play.
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