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208. Bobby Shantz
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 26, 1925 in Pottstown, PA USA
  • Weight: 139 lbs.
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: May 01, 1949
  • Final Game: September 29, 1964
  • Most Valuable Player - 1952
  • TSN All-Star - 1952
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1952
  • Gold Glove - 1957
  • Gold Glove - 1958
  • Gold Glove - 1959
  • Gold Glove - 1960
  • Gold Glove - 1961
  • Gold Glove - 1962
  • Gold Glove - 1963
  • Gold Glove - 1964
  • MVP - 1951
  • MVP - 1952
  • MVP - 1957
 
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When you look at the past MVPs in baseball history, Bobby Shantz is one of the more curious players to win it.

Shantz played the first chunk of his career with the Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics, first debuting in 1949.  Shantz was an All-Star for the first time in 1951 with an 18-10 record.  The southpaw followed that with the best year of his life when he led the American League in Wins (24), WHIP (1.048), and SO/BB (2.41), where Shantz was an All-Star and won the MVP.

Shantz's career plummeted after with injuries and poor play.  He was traded to the New York Yankees, where he had a rebound season in 1957, where he led the AL in ERA (2.45) and was an All-Star for the third and final time.  Shantz later helped New York win the World Series in 1958, but he was again a bullpen player.  Shantz hung on to 1964, playing for Pittsburgh, Houston, St. Louis, Chicago (NL), and the Phillies.

A notable fact on Shantz was that he was an excellent fielding Pitcher.  When the Gold Glove was first given out in 1957, Shantz was the first winner (that year was the only year given throughout the Majors and not the respective league).  He went on to win the next seven Gold Gloves.

Shantz left baseball with a 119-99 with 48 Saves.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Pottstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Thursday, 01 January 1970
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Chicago Cubs, Houston Colt .45s, Kansas City Athletics, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (1) (New York Yankees 1958) 
    MVP (1) (AL) (1952)
    TSN Pitcher of the Year (1) (AL) (1952)
    All-Star (3) (1951, 1952 & 1957)
    Gold Glove (8) (ML) (1957) (AL) (1958, 1959 & 1960) (NL) (1961, 1962, 1963 & 1964)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1) (AL) (1952)  
    Lowest ERA (1) (AL) (1957)
    Most Wins (1) (AL) (1952)
    Lowest WHIP (1) (AL) (1952)
    Lowest BB/9 (1) (AL) (1952)
    Highest SO/BB (1) (AL) (1952)
    Highest ERA+ (1) (AL) (1957)           
    Highest Win Probability Added (1) (AL) (1952)

  • Other Points of Note:

    2 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (ERA)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    1 Top Ten Finish (SO/9)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Games Pitched)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Saves)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Innings Pitched)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Strikeouts)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Games Started)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Complete Games)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts) 
    2 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Games Finished)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    1 Top Ten Finish (FIP)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Win Probability Added)
    2 Top Ten Finish (Championship Win Probability Added)

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1970: 2.3%
    1971: 1.4%
    1972: 2.3%
    1973: 1.3%
    1974: 0.8%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Philadelphia Athletic

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