Bobby Shantz

1952 Topps

The 1952 American League MVP, Shantz pitched for 16 years in the major leagues, compiling a record of 119-99 with 48 saves and a 3.38 ERA. He came up in 1949 with the Philadelphia A’s and made his first All-Star Game in 1951 when he won 18 games for Philadelphia. He went 24-7 in 1952 with a 2.48 ERA and 152 strikeouts. He made his second All-Star Team that year as well as picking up the AL MVP trophy. Shantz joined the New York Yankees in 1957 and had a great year for the Bombers. He was 11-5 that season with a 2.45 ERA, which was tops in the American League. Once again, he was an all star. He also received the first of eight gold gloves he would win in his career. Shantz remained in the major leagues for the next seven years, pitching primarily in relief for the Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Colt .45’s, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies. He retired following the 1964 season.

Shantz is another guy I have two surveys from. The first one came in 2007. Here it is.


Here is the second, from 2015.


As you can see, not much changed.

1959 Topps

Shantz pitched in the 1957 and the 1960 World Series with the Yankees. He appeared in six total games and recorded a save. His ERA was 4.15. The Yankees did not win either time. He is the oldest living former Houston Astro (Colt .45).

Bobby Shantz – career stats

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Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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