Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Urban Shocker

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Urban Shocker

    I was just looking at his stats, and man could he pitch:

    - Never had a losing record in any season (even partial)
    - Worst ERA+ was 103
    - Won 20 games four consecutive seasons
    - All-time winning percentage of .615
    - Walked just 2.2 batters per 9 IP over his career
    - Involved in perhaps the best trade in Browns history (doesn't hurt that they stole him from the Yankees; of course St. Louis gave him right back years later)

    I just read where Shocker was deciding between becoming a catcher or pitcher when he broke a finger - and it didn't heal properly (it was crooked; I believe it is the right ring finger or the middle finger, which you can see below), which helped him put a funky spin on the ball. Decision made.

    A tragic end to his career and life, but what a career it was. Here's to you, Urban!
    Attached Files

  • #2
    http://baseball-almanac.com/players/...hp?p=shockur01

    How did he die? Car accident? Polio? He was 38.

    Comment


    • #3
      According to wikipedia it was pneumonia and a weakened heart from pneumonia.

      Comment


      • #4
        Yep, Urban had a fine career. There are several pitchers in the HoF who weren't near as good as Shocker.
        Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

        Comment


        • #5
          Wow! Never looked into this before..

          In '27 he pitches 200 innings and has an 18-6 record .. but in 1928 he doesn't get to pitch until May 30 ... and that ends up being his last game ever? What the heck happened??

          Comment


          • #6
            Here's more info.

            http://www.thedeadballera.com/Obits/...rban.Obit.html

            3 questions:

            1) Why did he grow not to like St. Louis?
            2) Why is the Times saying he was born in Detroit when BR says Cleveland.
            3) If he were inducted into the HofF, would he be the only French-American?

            Originally posted by Brownieand45sfan View Post
            Wow! Never looked into this before..

            In '27 he pitches 200 innings and has an 18-6 record .. but in 1928 he doesn't get to pitch until May 30 ... and that ends up being his last game ever? What the heck happened??

            Comment


            • #7
              If only Urb had been able to keep his Yankee jinx going in '22, the Browns would have had the pennant.http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstrac...B1668389639EDE

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by Brownieand45sfan View Post
                Here's more info.

                http://www.thedeadballera.com/Obits/...rban.Obit.html

                3 questions:

                1) Why did he grow not to like St. Louis?
                If I recall correctly, there was some dispute with Browns management. I think it had to do with the team not letting Shocker bring his wife on a road trip. Could have been about money, too. My memory fails me, although I do recall Shocker was dissatisfied. I believe he stayed with the team one year after this happened, but then was dealt away for some Yankee spare parts.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Larry Lajoie was born in the U.S. to French-Canadian parents. I guess that would qualify him as French-American.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by disgrig View Post
                    According to wikipedia it was pneumonia and a weakened heart from pneumonia.
                    I believe I read that Shocker had a heart problem prior to this (enlarged heart?) and this was just the last straw from which he could not recover. I think it got to the point where he couldn't lay down on train rides.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      What about pitching 2 complete games and winning both on the same day (9/6/24 ~ split doubleheader) ... has anybody else done that?

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Brownieand45sfan View Post
                        What about pitching 2 complete games and winning both on the same day (9/6/24 ~ split doubleheader) ... has anybody else done that?
                        Yes; most notably, Ed Reulbach pitched two shutouts in one day.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          To expand on my previous reply, Baseball Almanac lists 45 instances of a major leaguer pitching two complete games in a doubleheader and winning both. Joe McGinnity did it three times in the month of August, 1903.

                          http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats24.shtml

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Among those 47, were there any by identical scores

                            Originally posted by RUKen View Post
                            To expand on my previous reply, Baseball Almanac lists 45 instances of a major leaguer pitching two complete games in a doubleheader and winning both. Joe McGinnity did it three times in the month of August, 1903.

                            http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats24.shtml

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Brownieand45sfan View Post
                              Among those 45 (corrected by RUKen), were there any by identical scores
                              No, there were not.

                              Comment

                              Ad Widget

                              Collapse
                              Working...
                              X