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)
Frank Shellenback Pitching Stats
Frank Shellenback Hitting Stats
Frank Shellenback Fielding Stats
|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|
Frank Shellenback Miscellaneous Stats
|Baserunning Statistics||Other Positions||Common Hitting Ratios||Common Pitching Ratios|
|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|
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 (19401944), the Detroit Tigers (19461947), and the New York Giants (19501955). The article below shows a brief glimpse of the impact he had on those pitchers:
Frank Shellenback | The Times (San Matero, CA) | August 26, 1969 | Page 26
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