December 17 – Happy Birthday Roland Sheldon

I have a Roland Sheldon 1962 baseball card like the one pictured here. As you can see, he looks like a high school kid in a Yankee uniform. On the back of this card, it lists Sheldon’s date of birth as December 17, 1936, which means he would have been 24 years old during his 1961 rookie season with New York. That year he went 11-5 as the fifth starter on one of the greatest teams in the history of the franchise. He sure as heck doesn’t look 24 years old in his picture on this baseball card. That’s why I was pretty shocked when I came across an old newspaper article in which it was reported that some of Sheldon’s old classmates from his Putnam, CT high school claimed he lied about his age. According to them, Sheldon was born in 1932 which meant he would have been 28 years old during that rookie season. In any event, Rollie spent a little bit more than three seasons with the Yankees and won 23 of 38 decisions. He was traded to Kansas City in 1964. He retired after the 1966 season. So happy 75th or 79th birthday, Rollie.

Rollie shares his birthday with this former Yankee outfielder, this one-time Yankee first baseman and this former Yankee and Met pitcher.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP
1961 NYY 11 5 .688 3.60 35 21 5 6 2 0 162.2 149 70 65 17 55 84 2
1962 NYY 7 8 .467 5.49 34 16 5 2 0 1 118.0 136 78 72 12 28 54 1
1964 NYY 5 2 .714 3.61 19 12 2 3 0 1 102.1 92 43 41 18 18 57 1
1965 NYY 0 0 1.42 3 0 1 0 0 0 6.1 5 1 1 0 1 7 0
5 Yrs 38 36 .514 4.09 160 101 19 17 4 2 724.2 741 358 329 87 207 371 14
NYY (4 yrs) 23 15 .605 4.14 91 49 13 11 2 2 389.1 382 192 179 47 102 202 4
KCA (2 yrs) 14 15 .483 3.73 46 42 2 5 2 0 255.2 253 117 106 25 82 131 8
BOS (1 yr) 1 6 .143 4.97 23 10 4 1 0 0 79.2 106 49 44 15 23 38 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/17/2013.

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