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Cubs unsung heroes: Todd Dunwoody, June 7, 2001

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Bet you don’t remember this guy.

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The biggest surprise I had in looking up information about Todd Dunwoody is that there were actually photos of him in a Cubs uniform. You can see one of them above.

Dunwoody was signed by the Cubs as a free agent before the 2001 season. He played a pretty good chunk of the year at Triple-A Iowa (75 games, .283/.331/.474).

But from mid-May to early July, Dunwoody was on the big-league Cubs roster. He appeared in 34 games, starting 13 of them, and hit just .213/.250/.328 (13-for-61) with one home run.

I barely remember him, and you probably don’t at all. But on June 7, 2001 against the Cardinals, Dunwoody produced a key pinch hit.

The Cubs were trailing 3-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Dunwoody batted for reliever Todd Van Poppel and doubled. He went to third on a ground out and scored on a single by Augie Ojeda. Sammy Sosa then doubled in Ojeda and the game was tied. But without Dunwoody’s double, that rally doesn’t happen.

The Cubs won the game 4-3 on an RBI single by Rondell White in the 10th inning. The win was the last of a stretch in which the Cubs won 15 out of 16 and went into first place in the N.L. Central. At one point they led the division by as many as six games before they faded down the stretch and finished third.

I wish I had video of the double by Dunwoody, or of the only home run he hit as a Cub, June 21, 2001 off Andy Benes in St. Louis. It was the last of his 11 career MLB home runs. Sadly, no video of Dunwoody appears to have survived at all.

But he did these things, and though his MLB career ended the following year with an 0-for-6 with the Indians (he stuck around in Triple-A through 2005), he deserves to be remembered, and we do so here.