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October 2 – Happy Birthday Spec Shea

I was born, raised and still live in a small Upstate New York city named Amsterdam. Back in the first half of the twentieth century, our town was the center of this country’s carpet industry and the gigantic looms in the factories of Amsterdam-based companies named Mohawk and Sanford turned out more rugs than any city in the world. We also had our own Minor League baseball team, a C-level Yankee franchise in the old Canadian American League. They were called the Amsterdam Rugmakers.

Today’s birthday celebrant, Frank “Spec” Shea spent his first season of organized ball in our City, playing for the old Rugmakers and living in the old Amsterdam Hotel. The year was 1940 and Shea finished the Rugmaker season with an 11-4 record. He spent the next two seasons climbing up New York’s minor league ladder and the three after that serving his country in WWII. He then went 15-5 for the Yankee’s Triple A team in Oakland, finally making the big club in 1947.

Spec went 14-5 as a rookie for the Yankees and won the AL All Star game plus beat the Dodgers twice in the 1947 World Series. He would have been AL Rookie of the Year as well but back then only one player in all of baseball got that award and Shea finished behind Jackie Robinson. Spec never again achieved the level of success he had during his first year in pinstripes and was finally traded to the Senators in 1952.

He pitched very well during his first two seasons in Washington winning 23 games and losing just 14 times for a very bad team. He called it quits after the 1955 season. He was 29-21 as a Yankee and 56-46 for his eight-season big league career.

Also born on this date was this former Yankee shortstop, a former Yankee player who bought and sold 83 minor league teams during his lifetime and this former Yankee pitcher.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1947 NYY 14 5 .737 3.07 27 23 3 13 3 1 178.2 127 63 61 10 89 89 1.209
1948 NYY 9 10 .474 3.41 28 22 4 8 3 1 155.2 117 66 59 10 87 71 1.310
1949 NYY 1 1 .500 5.33 20 3 10 0 0 1 52.1 48 36 31 5 43 22 1.739
1951 NYY 5 5 .500 4.33 25 11 7 2 2 0 95.2 112 59 46 11 50 38 1.693
8 Yrs 56 46 .549 3.80 195 118 50 48 12 5 943.2 849 453 398 66 497 361 1.426
WSH (4 yrs) 27 25 .519 3.92 95 59 26 25 4 2 461.1 445 229 201 30 228 141 1.459
NYY (4 yrs) 29 21 .580 3.68 100 59 24 23 8 3 482.1 404 224 197 36 269 220 1.395
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/2/2013.