Shawon Dunston (born March 21, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and right-handed batter. He played for the Chicago 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).
Beloved by the 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.
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.
In the second half of his career, Dunston was sidelined by a severe knee injury, back surgery, and various aches and pains in his throwing arm and his legs. At the end of his career, he was used mainly as a fourth outfielder and a role player off the bench.
Dunston was a career .269 hitter with 150 home runs and 668 RBI in 1814 games.