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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
ARTHUR LOUIS SHAMSKY (born October 14, 1941) is an American former
Major League Baseball
* 1 Early life * 2 Minor league career
* 3 Major league career
* 4 Halls of Fame * 5 Managing career * 6 After baseball * 7 In popular culture * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 Further reading * 11 External links
Shamsky is Jewish and was born in St. Louis. He attended University City High School in St. Louis and played on the school's baseball team as did fellow major leaguer and Israel Baseball League manager Ken Holtzman four years later. After playing ball for the University of Missouri in 1958–59, he was signed by Cincinnati as a free agent in 1959.
MINOR LEAGUE CAREER
Shamsky began his professional baseball career in 1960 with the
Geneva Redlegs of the
New York–Penn League
MAJOR LEAGUE CAREER
CINCINNATI REDS (1965–67)
In 1965, Shamsky made the
Shamsky tied a major league record by homering in 4 consecutive at
bats for the Reds on August 12 and 14, 1966. The first three home runs
were hit in a game in which he was inserted in the eighth inning as
part of a double switch . He homered in the bottom half of that
inning and remained in the game to hit home runs in his next two
extra-inning at bats, extending the game each time. The feat made
Shamsky the first player in Reds history to hit two home runs in extra
innings in one game. He is also the only player in Major League
history to hit three home runs in a game in which he was not in the
starting lineup . The fourth home run was hit as a pinch hitter in the
next game. His bat from that day is on display in Baseball's Hall of
Cooperstown, New York
NEW YORK METS (1968–71)
Shamsky was traded to the
New York Mets
In 1969 Shamsky hit .300, with a .375 on-base percentage, as half of
a right field platoon with
Ron Swoboda for the World Champion Mets.
Shamsky was the regular starter against right-handed pitchers, with
Swoboda starting against lefties. He batted .385 as a pinch hitter,
and .388 in games that were late and close. He still gets comments
about his decision not to play on
Shamsky's torrid hitting continued into the post-season. He started all three games of the NLCS, where he batted .538, leading all batters. In the World Series , Shamsky started only in Game 3, which was played on his 28th birthday.
In 1970 he hit .293 with a .371 on-base percentage. Despite only 402 at bats, he was 7th in the league with 13 intentional walks.
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IN POPULAR CULTURE
In the American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond , Ray and Robert's childhood bulldog was named Shamsky after the player. As an adult, Robert named his new bulldog Shamsky Number 2. Shamsky made an appearance in this series as himself ('Big Shots' – Season 3, Episode 19).
* List of select Jewish baseball players
* ^ Joachim Horvitz, Peter (2001). The Big Book of Jewish Baseball.
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* ^ Simons, William (2009). Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and
the American Culture. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-3569-0 .
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September 10, 2010.
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June 27, 2007. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
* ^ August 12, 1966 Pittsburgh Pirates at
Ruttman, Larry (2013). "Art Shamsky: Hank Greenberg Redux". American Jews and America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball. Lincoln, Nebraska and London, England: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 169–176. ISBN 978-0-8032-6475-5 . This chapter in Ruttman's history, based on a June 23, 2007 interview with Shamsky conducted for the book, discusses Shamsky's American, Jewish, baseball, and life experiences from youth to the present.