Bob Shawkey Stats

Bob Shawkey was born on Thursday, December 4, 1890, in Sigel, Pennsylvania. Shawkey was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 16, 1913, with the Philadelphia Athletics. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bob Shawkey baseball stats page.

"Bob Shawkey was one of the top pitchers in the American League for 15 years, from 1913 to 1927, all but 2 and one-half of them with the New York Yankees. His 195-150 win-loss record included four 20-victory seasons, and he averaged 18 wins a season for Miller Huggins ' club between 1916 and 1924. According to J.E. Wray in his 1931 book, How to Pitch , 'Shawkey has the hardest arm motion of any major league pitcher. He puts all his body from his waist up into his pitching motion and twists himself on his pivot foot long before he lets the ball get away. The result is a very wide curve that is hard to bat, especially when Shawkey has a good day and his speed is at its highest development. His delivery is not advised for a young pitcher to copy, although his finger positions are all right.'" - Author William F. McNeil in Evolution of Pitching in Major League Baseball (McFarland Publishing, 03/15/2006, '5. The Lively Ball Era: 1920 to 1946', Page 5)
Bob Shawkey

Bob Shawkey Autograph on a 1978 Grand Slam Baseball Card (#175)
Bob Shawkey Autograph on a 1978 Grand Slam Baseball Card (#175)

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Birth Name:
James Robert Shawkey
Nickname:
Bob - Sailor Bob
Born On:
12-04-1890  (Sagittarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Sigel, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-31-1980 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Syracuse, New York
Cemetery:
Oakwood-Morningside Cemetery, Syracuse, New York
High School:
Slippery Rock State Normal School (Slippery Rock, PA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
168
First Game:
07-16-1913 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-29-1927
Draft:
Not Applicable
Bob Shawkey

Bob Shawkey Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1913 23 Athletics 18 15 1 6 5 .545 2.34 8 1 0 111.1 498 92 29 41 2 50 - 52 4 3 0 -
1914 24 Athletics 38 31 5 15 8 .652 2.73 18 5 2 237.0 929 223 72 88 4 75 - 89 0 2 0 -
1915 25 Athletics 17 13 4 6 6 .500 4.05 7 1 0 100.0 410 103 45 57 3 38 - 56 2 1 0 -
1915 25 Yankees 16 9 6 4 7 .364 3.26 5 1 0 85.2 331 78 31 38 2 35 - 31 1 2 0 -
1916 26 Yankees 53 27 24 24 14 .632 2.21 21 4 8 276.2 1,064 204 68 78 4 81 - 122 2 6 0 -
1917 27 Yankees 32 26 5 13 15 .464 2.44 16 2 0 236.1 930 207 64 81 2 72 - 97 4 6 0 -
1918 28 Yankees 3 2 1 1 1 .500 1.13 1 1 0 16.0 59 7 2 2 0 10 - 3 0 0 0 -
1919 29 Yankees 41 27 11 20 11 .645 2.72 22 3 5 261.1 1,041 218 79 94 7 92 - 122 1 5 0 -
1920 30 Yankees 38 31 6 20 13 .606 2.56 20 5 2 267.2 1,079 246 76 90 10 85 - 126 3 1 0 -
1921 31 Yankees 38 31 6 18 12 .600 4.08 18 3 2 245.0 1,053 245 111 131 15 86 - 126 2 7 1 -
1922 32 Yankees 39 34 4 20 12 .625 2.91 22 3 1 299.2 1,253 286 97 112 16 98 - 130 3 0 0 -
1923 33 Yankees 36 31 3 16 11 .593 3.51 17 1 1 258.2 1,076 232 101 114 17 102 - 125 8 4 0 -
1924 34 Yankees 38 25 8 16 11 .593 4.12 10 1 0 207.2 888 226 95 107 11 74 - 114 5 3 0 -
1925 35 Yankees 33 19 8 6 14 .300 4.11 9 1 0 186.0 802 209 85 101 12 67 - 81 4 5 0 -
1926 36 Yankees 29 10 14 8 7 .533 3.62 3 1 3 104.1 445 102 42 49 8 37 - 63 0 2 0 -
1927 37 Yankees 19 2 11 2 3 .400 2.89 0 0 4 43.2 190 44 14 19 1 16 - 23 3 1 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
15 Years 488 333 117 195 150 .565 3.10 197 33 28 2,937.0 12,048 2,722 1,011 1,202 114 1,018 - 1,360 42 48 1 -
Bob Shawkey

Bob Shawkey Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1913 23 Athletics 18 44 3 6 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 10 2 0 0 0 .136 .156 .159
1914 24 Athletics 38 83 6 17 2 0 0 0 5 4 0 22 4 0 0 0 .205 .241 .229
1915 25 Athletics 17 31 0 4 2 0 0 0 2 3 0 11 2 0 0 0 .129 .206 .194
1915 25 Yankees 16 29 3 7 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 .241 .241 .414
1916 26 Yankees 53 93 5 17 1 0 0 0 4 3 0 21 4 0 0 0 .183 .208 .194
1917 27 Yankees 32 84 3 16 4 0 0 0 8 3 0 15 4 0 0 0 .190 .218 .238
1918 28 Yankees 3 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .750 .800 .750
1919 29 Yankees 41 94 5 22 1 0 0 0 6 1 0 15 6 0 0 0 .234 .242 .245
1920 30 Yankees 38 100 13 23 1 0 0 0 10 4 0 13 1 0 1 0 .230 .267 .240
1921 31 Yankees 38 90 13 27 2 1 1 0 11 2 0 13 8 0 0 0 .300 .315 .378
1922 32 Yankees 39 115 12 21 2 0 1 0 12 2 0 18 7 0 1 0 .183 .203 .226
1923 33 Yankees 36 99 8 20 1 1 0 0 10 0 0 15 3 0 0 0 .202 .202 .232
1924 34 Yankees 38 69 12 22 4 1 1 0 15 7 0 5 4 0 1 0 .319 .390 .449
1925 35 Yankees 33 68 1 10 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 .147 .147 .221
1926 36 Yankees 29 35 4 9 1 0 0 0 3 3 0 6 2 0 0 0 .257 .316 .286
1927 37 Yankees 19 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .091 .091 .091
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
15 Years 488 1,049 90 225 26 6 3 0 94 34 0 181 48 0 3 0 .214 .241 .259
Bob Shawkey

Bob Shawkey Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1913 Athletics P 18 15 334 47 2.6 43 3 40 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .915 3.48
1914 Athletics P 38 31 711 74 1.9 69 6 63 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .932 2.62
1915 Athletics P 17 13 300 30 1.8 29 3 26 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.61
1915 Yankees P 16 9 257 27 1.7 25 2 23 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .926 2.63
1916 Yankees P 53 27 830 94 1.8 91 12 79 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.96
1917 Yankees P 32 26 709 101 3.2 97 18 79 4 5 n/a n/a n/a .960 3.69
1918 Yankees P 3 2 48 10 3.3 10 6 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.63
1919 Yankees P 41 27 784 85 2.1 81 22 59 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .953 2.79
1920 Yankees P 38 31 803 64 1.7 63 15 48 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.12
1921 Yankees P 38 31 735 52 1.4 49 14 35 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .942 1.80
1922 Yankees P 39 34 899 87 2.2 83 13 70 4 4 n/a n/a n/a .954 2.49
1923 Yankees P 36 31 776 72 2.0 70 9 61 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.44
1924 Yankees P 38 25 623 56 1.5 50 11 39 6 1 n/a n/a n/a .893 2.17
1925 Yankees P 33 20 558 44 1.3 44 7 37 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.13
1926 Yankees P 29 10 313 26 0.9 25 2 23 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 2.16
1927 Yankees P 19 2 131 15 0.8 14 3 11 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .933 2.89
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 488 334 8,811 884 1.8 843 146 697 41 22 n/a n/a n/a .954 2.58
15 Years 488 334 8,811 884 1.8 843 146 697 41 22 n/a n/a n/a .954 2.58
Bob Shawkey

Bob Shawkey Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1913 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.4 8.8 1.04 4.20 4.04
1914 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.8 16.6 1.19 3.38 2.85
1915 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.8 15.5 1.47 5.04 3.42
1915 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.9 29.0 0.89 3.26 3.68
1916 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.4 23.3 1.51 3.97 2.63
1917 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.6 10.5 1.35 3.69 2.74
1918 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.30 1.69 5.63
1919 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.3 15.7 1.33 4.20 3.17
1920 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.7 10.0 1.48 4.24 2.86
1921 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 90.0 6.9 8.2 1.47 4.63 3.16
1922 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 115.0 6.4 9.6 1.33 3.90 2.94
1923 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.6 9.9 1.23 4.35 3.55
1924 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 69.0 13.8 4.6 1.54 4.94 3.21
1925 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 17.0 34.0 1.21 3.92 3.24
1926 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.8 11.7 1.70 5.43 3.19
1927 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.7 0.0 1.44 4.74 3.30
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
15 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 349.7 5.8 11.2 1.34 4.17 3.12
Bob Shawkey

Bob Shawkey Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1913 Philadelphia Athletics n/a Undetermined n/a -
1914 Philadelphia Athletics n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1915 Philadelphia Athletics n/a $3,249.00 n/a -
1915 New York Yankees n/a "     " n/a -
1916 New York Yankees n/a $3,250.00 n/a -
1917 New York Yankees n/a $5,000.00 n/a -
1918 New York Yankees n/a $5,000.00 n/a -
1919 New York Yankees n/a $5,000.00 n/a -
1920 New York Yankees n/a $8,000.00 n/a -
1921 New York Yankees n/a $8,000.00 n/a Stats
1922 New York Yankees n/a $8,500.00 n/a Stats
1923 New York Yankees n/a $10,500.00 n/a Stats
1924 New York Yankees n/a $10,500.00 n/a -
1925 New York Yankees n/a $10,500.00 n/a -
1926 New York Yankees n/a $10,500.00 n/a Stats
1927 New York Yankees n/a $10,500.00 n/a -


In 1901 , Jack Chesbro became the first New York Yankees pitcher to win at least twenty-games in a single season, a feat he matched again in 1904 , and again in 1906 . Bob Shawkey surpassed Chesbro , winning at least twenty games in a single season four times for the Bronx Bombers ; 1916 , 1919 , 1920 , and 1922 . Since Shawkey, only two Hall of Fame pitchers have won 20+ games in season four times for the Yanks - Lefty Gomez (1931, 1932, 1934 and 1937) and Red Ruffing (1936, 1937, 1939, 1939).

Bob Shawkey won nearly 200 games, but said in Baseball Digest (August 1978) the greatest thrill of his life was a win on Opening Day , April 18, 1923 . Was it because a new Major League record for attendance in a game was set that day? Was it because John Philip Sousa himself led The Seventh Regiment Band during the National Anthem before the game even started? Was it because the Governor of New York, Alfred E. Smith, threw out the first pitch? We didn't get the opportunity to ask Shawkey, but we think it was a combination of those item as well as it being the first regular season baseball game ever played in Yankee Stadium - a game Shawkey started and won.

Yankee Stadium First Game, Bob Shawkey Winning Pitcher
Bob Shawkey | First Game at Yankee Stadium | The Davenport Democrat | April 19, 1923 | Page 15
Did you know that Bob Shawkey finished the 1920 season with a 2.45 earned run average, the lowest in the American League ( Top 25 )? It was the only only ERA championship he won during his career, and it was the first ERA Title ever won by a New York Yankees pitcher !

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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