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Robert John Shaw (June 29, 1933 – September 23, 2010) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) player from Garden City, New York. A right-handed pitcher, he played on seven teams for eleven seasons, 1957 through 1967. In 1962, he was a National League (NL) All-Star player. In 1966, he led the National League with a perfect 1.000 fielding average as pitcher.

Bob Shaw
Bob Shaw 1964.jpg
Born: (1933-06-29)June 29, 1933
Bronx, New York
Died: September 23, 2010(2010-09-23) (aged 77)
Tequesta, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 11, 1957, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 11, 1967, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record108–98
Earned run average3.52
Career highlights and awards



Shaw pitched for the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Athletics, Milwaukee Braves, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and Chicago Cubs. In 1959, he won 18 games for the American League pennant-winning White Sox. The White Sox lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games, but not before Shaw defeated Sandy Koufax with a 1–0 shutout in Game 5.

Shaw holds the major league record for the most balks by a pitcher in one game. He balked five times pitching for the Braves on May 4, 1963, against the Cubs.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Shaw was an alumnus of St. Lawrence University. After his professional playing days were over, Shaw managed the Florida State League's Daytona Beach Dodgers and was a pitching coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. Shaw, 77, died of liver cancer on September 23, 2010, in Tequesta, Florida, where he lived.[2]


  1. ^ Cubs top Braves 7-5 as Umps call 7 balks
  2. ^ Greer, Jeff (September 25, 2010). "Bob Shaw, pitcher who beat Sandy Koufax in 1959 World Series, dies at age 77". The Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on September 29, 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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