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.
"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)
Art Shamsky Autograph on a 1966 Topps Baseball Card (#119 | Checklist )
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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 3 Home Runs | The Cincinnati Enquiter | August 13, 1966
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