Art Shamsky Stats

Art Shamsky was born on Tuesday, October 14, 1941, in St. Louis, Missouri. Shamsky was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 17, 1965, with the Cincinnati Reds. 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 Art Shamsky baseball stats page.

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"In 1966 , while a member of the Cincinnati Reds , Art Shamsky tied a Major League record by hitting four consecutive home runs in four at-bats over two games. He is the only player in Major League history to hit three home runs in a game who was not in the starting lineup when the game began . Also, two of the three home runs came in extra innings . The fourth home run was hit as a pinch-hitter in the next game. The bat used to accomplish the feature of four home runs in a row is currently on display in Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York." - Art Shamsky (Art Shamsky, 2015, Art Shamsky Biography , 11-2015)

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Art Shamsky Autograph on a 1966 Topps Baseball Card (#119 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1966top01' title='1966 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Art Shamsky Autograph on a 1966 Topps Baseball Card (#119 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Arthur Louis Shamsky ( Twitter : @ArtShamsky )
Nickname:
Art, Sham
Born On:
10-14-1941  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
St. Louis, Missouri
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
University City High School (University City, MO)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
04-17-1965 (Age 23)
Last Game:
07-18-1972
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Art Shamsky Pitching Stats

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Art Shamsky Hitting Stats

1965 24 Reds 64 96 13 25 4 3 2 0 10 10 0 29 0 0 0 0 .260 .330 .427
1966 25 Reds 96 234 41 54 5 0 21 0 47 32 1 45 3 2 0 5 .231 .321 .521
1967 26 Reds 76 147 6 29 3 1 3 0 13 15 5 34 0 1 1 1 .197 .274 .293
1968 27 Mets 116 345 30 82 14 4 12 1 48 21 6 58 4 4 7 6 .238 .292 .406
1969 28 Mets 100 303 42 91 9 3 14 0 47 36 2 32 2 5 3 5 .300 .375 .488
1970 29 Mets 122 403 48 118 19 2 11 0 49 49 13 33 0 3 3 11 .293 .371 .432
1971 30 Mets 68 135 13 25 6 2 5 0 18 21 2 18 0 0 1 6 .185 .299 .370
1972 31 Cubs 15 16 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 .125 .263 .125
1972 31 Athletics 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
8 Years 665 1,686 194 426 60 15 68 1 233 188 29 254 9 15 15 34 .253 .330 .427

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Art Shamsky Fielding Stats

1965 Reds 1B 1 1 24 5 5.0 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.63
1965 Reds LF 3 2 60 7 2.3 6 5 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .857 2.70
1965 Reds RF 15 9 273 19 1.3 19 18 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.88
1966 Reds LF 41 34 903 68 1.7 66 63 3 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .971 1.97
1966 Reds RF 34 29 717 44 1.3 43 43 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 1.62
1967 Reds LF 18 11 315 24 1.3 24 23 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.06
1967 Reds RF 27 18 495 41 1.5 40 39 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.18
1968 Mets 1B 17 13 384 119 7.0 117 111 6 2 6 n/a n/a n/a .983 8.23
1968 Mets LF 71 64 1,578 112 1.6 111 107 4 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .991 1.90
1968 Mets RF 12 11 267 22 1.8 22 20 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.22
1969 Mets 1B 9 7 186 76 8.4 75 75 0 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .987 10.89
1969 Mets LF 16 15 339 28 1.8 28 27 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.23
1969 Mets RF 63 61 1,458 90 1.4 89 88 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .989 1.65
1970 Mets 1B 56 55 1,332 415 7.4 413 378 35 2 29 n/a n/a n/a .995 8.37
1970 Mets LF 4 4 99 6 1.5 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.64
1970 Mets RF 54 49 1,194 97 1.8 97 95 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.19
1971 Mets 1B 1 0 6 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1971 Mets LF 12 10 237 24 2.0 24 22 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.73
1971 Mets RF 27 24 522 39 1.4 38 34 4 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.97
1972 Cubs 1B 4 2 63 31 7.8 31 30 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 13.29
RF Totals 232 201 4,926 352 1.5 348 337 11 4 4 n/a n/a n/a .989 1.91
LF Totals 165 140 3,531 269 1.6 265 253 12 4 4 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.03
1B Totals 88 78 1,995 648 7.4 643 601 42 5 42 n/a n/a n/a .992 8.70
8 Years 485 419 10,452 1,269 2.6 1,256 1,191 65 13 50 n/a n/a n/a .990 3.24

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Art Shamsky Miscellaneous Stats

1965 Reds 1 0 1.000 50 0 n/a 48.0 3.3 9.6 - - -
1966 Reds 0 2 .000 28 0 n/a 11.1 5.2 5.0 - - -
1967 Reds 0 1 .000 44 0 n/a 49.0 4.3 11.3 - - -
1968 Mets 1 0 1.000 26 0 n/a 28.8 5.9 7.2 - - -
1969 Mets 1 2 .333 16 0 n/a 21.6 9.5 6.4 - - -
1970 Mets 1 1 .500 13 0 n/a 36.6 12.2 8.2 - - -
1971 Mets 1 1 .500 33 0 n/a 27.0 7.5 7.5 - - -
1972 Cubs 0 0 .000 11 0 n/a 0.0 5.3 16.0 - - -
1972 Athletics 0 0 .000 8 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 0.0 - - -
8 Years 5 7 .417 229 0 n/a 24.8 6.6 7.2 - - -

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Art Shamsky Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1965 Cincinnati Reds 12 Undetermined - -
1966 Cincinnati Reds 12 Undetermined - -
1967 Cincinnati Reds 12 Undetermined - -
1968 New York Mets 24 Undetermined - -
1969 New York Mets 24 Undetermined - Stats
1970 New York Mets 24 Undetermined - -
1971 New York Mets 24 Undetermined - -
1972 Chicago Cubs 24 Undetermined - -
1972 Oakland Athletics 7 $25,000.00 - -
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Arthur Louis Shamsky was a Major League Baseball player with the Cincinnati Reds (1965-1967), New York Mets (1968-1971), Chicago Cubs (1972), and Oakland Athletics (1972). Art, his nickname, was the third University City High School graduate to reach the majors, joining Ed Mickelson (1950) and Bud Black (1952), but when Shamsky went deep on May 2, 1965 , he became their first former student with a big league home run!

Art Shamsky hit three home runs in a game on August 12, 1966 , the tenth Reds player to go deep three times in a game . Did you know that Shamsky was not in the starting lineup that day, and did not even come into the game until the eighth inning? During the post game press conference Pete Rose said, "that was one of the greatest clutch-hitting exhibitions ever seen!" Join Baseball Almanac as we take a closer look:

Top of the 8th Inning: The Pirates were ahead 7-6. Willie Stargell had just flied out to left field. The following changes were made: Don Nottebart (P) replaced Gordy Coleman , who pinch hit for Tony Perez (1B) in the previous inning. Deron Johnson changed positions, moving from left field to first base. Shamsky came in from the bench, replacing Joe Nuxhall (P), playing left-field.

Bottom of the 8th inning: Art Shamsky hit a home run to deep center field, off Al McBean, with a runner (Leo Cardenas) on first, giving Cincinnati an 8-7 lead.

Bottom of the 10th inning: Art Shamsky hit a home run to deep right field, off Roy Face, tying the game 9-9. It was Art's second home run in this game, the first in the extra innings.

Bottom of the 11th inning: Art Shamsky hit a home run to deep right field, off Billy O'Dell, with a runner (Johnny Edwards) on first, tying the game 11-11. It was Art's third home run in this game, the second in the extra innings.

Art Shamsky was the first player in baseball history to hit three home runs in a game , who was not originally in the starting lineup—A feat not yet duplicated through today!

Art Shamsky was the first player to hit a pair of extra-inning home runs during a National League game—A record ( Most Home Runs in the Extra Innings ) that has been tied since, but remains unbroken through today!

Art Shamsky Three Home Runs in a Game

Art Shamsky 3 Home Runs | The Cincinnati Enquiter | August 13, 1966

Art Shamsky Baseball Card

Art Shamsky Baseball Card | 1970 Topps Baseball Card (#137 | Checklist ) | Baseball Almanac Collection

The Reds traded Art Shamsky in 1967, to the Mets for infielder Bob Johnson . Art was not pleased with the trade, he was struggling with injuries, but eventually "fell in love with the energy" in New York City, saying his life had literally changed. In 1969 it showed: while platooning with Ron Swoboda , Shamsky hit 14 home runs and had a .300 batting average, both were second best on the team. When pinch hitting that year, Shamksy hit .385, helping the '69 Mets reach the postseason, where Art hit .538 in the NLCS. The Miracle Mets won the 1969 World Series and Art was truly a key contributor. For further insight, Baseball Almanac recommends his book, The Magnificent Seasons: How the Jets, Mets, and Knicks Made Sports HIstory and Uplifted a City and the Country .

Last-Modified: August 12, 2020 5:28 AM EST

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