Frank Shellenback Stats

Frank Shellenback was born on Friday, December 16, 1898, in Joplin, Missouri. Shellenback was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 8, 1918, with the Chicago White Sox. 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 Frank Shellenback baseball stats page.

"For three years I tried to get (Eddie) Cicotte to show me what he did to his shine ball, but that was a secret old Knuck never revealed. He'd start to show me, 'You get some dirt,' he'd explain, 'and rub it in well. Then you rub the ball on your pants leg like this. Then' but that was as far as he ever got. I'd have Birdie Lynn hold balls after he had warmed up Cicotte. I'd study them, and do what I believe Cicotte did. But I'd throw the ball with everything I had and it would be as straight as a string." - Frank Shellenback in The Mount Carmel Item (May 3, 1939, 'Veteran Returns to Majors After Exile', Page Five)
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Birth Name:
Frank Victor Shellenback
Nickname:
None
Born On:
12-16-1898  (Sagittarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Joplin, Missouri
Year of Death Data Died On:
08-17-1969 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Newton, Massachusetts
Cemetery:
Newton Cemetery, Newton, Massachusetts
High School:
Hollywood High School (Hollywood, CA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
192
First Game:
05-08-1918 (Age 19)
Last Game:
07-05-1919
Draft:
Not Applicable
Frank Shellenback

Frank Shellenback 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
1918 20 White Sox 28 21 5 9 12 .429 2.66 10 2 2 182.2 779 180 54 77 1 74 - 47 0 4 0 -
1919 21 White Sox 8 4 4 1 3 .250 5.14 2 0 0 35.0 148 40 20 24 1 16 - 10 0 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
2 Years 36 25 9 10 15 .400 3.06 12 2 2 217.2 927 220 74 101 2 90 - 57 0 4 0 -
Frank Shellenback

Frank Shellenback Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1918 20 White Sox 29 54 4 7 1 0 0 0 1 8 - 25 5 - 0 - .130 .242 .148
1919 21 White Sox 8 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 - 5 0 - 0 - .091 .231 .091
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
2 Years 37 65 4 8 1 0 0 0 1 10 - 30 5 - 0 - .123 .240 .138
Frank Shellenback

Frank Shellenback Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1918 White Sox P 28 21 548 36 1.3 33 5 28 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .917 1.63
1918 White Sox RF 1 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1919 White Sox P 8 4 105 10 1.3 10 1 9 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.57
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 36 25 653 46 1.3 43 6 37 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .935 1.78
RF Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
2 Years 37 25 653 46 1.2 43 6 37 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .935 1.78
Frank Shellenback

Frank Shellenback Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1918 White Sox 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.2 54.0 0.64 2.32 3.65
1919 White Sox 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.2 0.0 0.63 2.57 4.11
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
2 Years 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.2 65.0 0.63 2.36 3.72
Frank Shellenback

Frank Shellenback Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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In 1920, a rule was put into effect by Major League Baseball that outlawed the spitball and other substance-abuse type pitches. A group of pitchers who depended upon the spitball pitch were officially listed and allowed to continue throwing it for the remainder of their career. Frank Shellenback was not included on the list spitball legally in the Pacific Coast League (PCL), winning a record 295 PCL games.

Frank Shellenback stepped off the mound in 1938, and became a scout, a manager in the minor leagues, and a pitching coach for the St. Louis Browns (1939), the Boston Red Sox (1940–1944), the Detroit Tigers (1946–1947), and the New York Giants (1950–1955). The article below shows a brief glimpse of the impact he had on those pitchers:
Frank Shellenback
Frank Shellenback | The Times (San Matero, CA) | August 26, 1969 | Page 26

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