Monday, April 10, 2017

#353 Art Shamsky    

A platooning outfielder most likely identified with 1969 Miracle Mets....all other exploits need not apply even though Art once hit four consecutive home runs over two games....showed flashes of power (21 dingers in 1966 in just 234 at bats) but was dogged by injuries and inconsistency...had career .231 BA after first four season....was able to step up in 1969 and 1970 raising his career BA by 30 pts buoyed by averages of .300 and .293 respectively....hit very well in the first NLCS.....Injuries reappeared in 1971 effectively curtailing his career...Traded to the veteran collecting St Louis Cardinals for 1972 but was released before season started...picked up by Cubs and then A’s for a handful of unproductive at bats....Art got the hint and exited the playing field...Dabbled in restaurants ownership, writing and play by play since then....A Jewish player, has since worked hard to establish baseball in Israel...How great is the 1969 legacy  dog on sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” was named after him


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