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96. Urban Shocker
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 22, 1890 in Cleveland, OH USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 24, 1916
  • Final Game: May 30, 1928
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1920
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1921
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1922
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1923
 
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Seriously, is this not the coolest name on this list?  Just that name alone would make him a star in any era.  Make no mistake, Shocker was a star, but as his best years were with the St. Louis Browns, he was often not in the spotlight despite having dominating seasons in the early 1920’s.

Those aforementioned campaigns saw Shocker post four consecutive years of 20 plus victories, including a 27 win season in 1921. In fact, at no point in his career did he ever have a losing season.  Shocker was known on the mound for a beautiful delivery and an intense approach to the game.  He rarely smiled and was content not to draw any attention to himself.  Even when he left St. Louis and was traded to the New York Yankees (a team he dominated when up against), he faded to the background; likely just the way he wanted.

Baseball is full of colorful characters with colorful names.  As petty as it sounds, Urban Shocker might have significantly more famous had he been half as interesting as his name.

Should Urban Shocker be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Most Wins (1) (AL) (1921)
    Lowest BB/9 (2) (AL) (1922 & 1923)
    Most Strikeouts (1) (AL) (1922)
    Highest SO/BB (2) (AL) (1922 & 1923) 
    Lowest FIP (1) (AL) (1923)
    World Series Rings (1) (New York Yankees 1927 & 1928)
  • Other Points of Note: 8 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 79.  ERA+: 124
    81.  WAR for Pitchers: 47.0
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1938: 0.4
    1939: 0.4
    1948: 0.8
    1949: 1.3
    1958: 1.5
  • Should be Inducted As A: St. Louis Brown

Should Urban Shocker be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.1%
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