Art Shamsky Speaker Profile
Retired Outfielder for the New York Mets
Art Shamsky Biography
Art Shamsky was born October 14, 1941, in St. Louis, Missouri and is a former Major League Baseball player. He played right field, left field, and first base from 1965 to 1972 for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland Athletics. In 2007 he was the manager of the Modi'in Miracle of the Israel Baseball League.
Shamsky was traded to the New York Mets for Bob Johnson before the 1968 season. Originally he was unhappy with being traded to the Mets, as New York City "was really big. It was kind of intimidating." Eventually he "fell in love with the energy, got to know the city a bit. My life changed.- He became a favorite of Jewish fans in New York.
In 1969 Shamsky hit .300, with a .375 on base percentage, as half of a right field platoon with Ron Swoboda for the World Champion Mets. Shamsky was the regular starter against right-handed pitchers, with Swoboda starting against lefties. He batted .385 as a pinch hitter, and .388 in games that were late and close. People still approach him to share their memories about his decision not to play on Yom Kippur in 1969. -The funny thing was, the Mets won both ends of a double header- that day, he cracked.
Shamsky's torrid hitting continued into the post-season. He started all three games of the NLCS, where he batted .538, leading all batters. In the World Series, Shamsky started only in Game 3, which was played on his 28th birthday.
In 1970 he hit .293 with a .371 on base percentage. Despite only 402 at bats, he was 7th in the league with 13 intentional walks.
Nagging back problems hastened Shamsky's departure from the game in 1972. Shamsky retired after 13 years in pro baseball, with 68 homers and a World Series ring.
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