The Info List - Art Shamsky

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As Player

* Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
(1965 –1967 ) * New York Mets
New York Mets
(1968 –1971 ) * Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
(1972 ) * Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics

As Manager

* Modi\'in Miracle (2007 )


* 1969 World Series Champion * National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1994 )

ARTHUR LOUIS SHAMSKY (born October 14, 1941) is an American former Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
player. He played right field , left field , and first base from 1965 to 1972 for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
, New York Mets
New York Mets
, Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
, and Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics
. In 2007, he was the manager of the Modi\'in Miracle of the Israel Baseball League .


* 1 Early life * 2 Minor league career

* 3 Major league career

* 3.1 Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
(1965–67) * 3.2 New York Mets
New York Mets
(1968–71) * 3.3 Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
& Oakland A\'s (1972)

* 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.


Shamsky began his professional baseball career in 1960 with the Geneva Redlegs of the New York–Penn League
New York–Penn League
. He finished the season with a .271 batting average and 18 homers (second in the league), and was named to the All-Star team. He played with the Topeka Reds in 1961 (hit .288 with 15 home runs) and the Macon Peaches in 1962 (hit .284 with 16 home runs). Shamsky played with the AAA San Diego Padres in 1963 and 1964, where he hit .267 with 18 home runs his first year and .272 with 25 home runs his second year.



In 1965, Shamsky made the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
out of spring training as a sub and hit .260.

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 Fame in Cooperstown, New York
Cooperstown, New York
. He finished the year with 21 HR (2nd on the team) and 47 RBIs, and a .521 slugging percentage, in only 234 at-bats.

NEW YORK METS (1968–71)

Shamsky was traded to the New York Mets
New York Mets
for Bob Johnson before the 1968 season. He initially found living in New York City to be intimidating, but eventually he "fell in love with the energy, got to know the city a bit. My life changed." He became a favorite of Jewish fans in New York.

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 Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur
that year. "The funny thing was, the Mets won both ends of a double header" that day, he later said.

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.

CHICAGO CUBS "> , he worked at Bravo Properties in South Orange, New Jersey .


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).

Comedian Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
named one of his pit bulls Shamsky, after the player.


* List of select Jewish baseball players


* ^ Joachim Horvitz, Peter (2001). The Big Book of Jewish Baseball. SP Books. p. 169. ISBN 1-56171-973-0 . Retrieved August 25, 2011. * ^ Simons, William (2009). Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and the American Culture. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-3569-0 . * ^ A B "Inside Out". Sportsbusinessjournal.com. Retrieved September 10, 2010. * ^ A B C "Art Shamsky\'s Stats". Archived from the original on June 27, 2007. Retrieved July 5, 2015. * ^ August 12, 1966 Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
Play by Play and Box Score - Baseball-Reference.com * ^ A B C "Jewish National Fund Speakers Bureau: Art Shamsky". Support.jnf.org. Retrieved September 10, 2010. * ^ A B C "Where Are They Now – Art Shamsky". Baseball Savvy. September 14, 2004. Archived from the original on September 2, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2015. * ^ A B "The Ballplayers – Art Shamsky". BaseballLibrary.com. Archived from the original on October 21, 2007. Retrieved July 5, 2015. * ^ " Art Shamsky 1969 Batting Splits". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 10, 2010. * ^ "Holtzman, Blomberg, Shamsky to manage in Israel League – MLB – CBSSports.com Baseball". Sportsline.com. February 12, 2007. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved July 5, 2015. * ^ "Radio Ink Magazine". Radioink.com. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2010. * ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 10, 2008. Retrieved 2007-09-09. * ^ "Big Shots". IMDb. March 1, 1999. * ^ Archived February 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ Zoolander (February 3, 2007). "Scorned wife accuses Miracle Met of affair". Groups.google.mv. Retrieved September 10, 2010. * ^ "How Jewish is Jon Stewart? - Articles of Faith". Google. Retrieved January 23, 2011.


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.


* Career