22 Facts About Art Shamsky


Arthur Louis Shamsky is an American former Major League Baseball player.

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Art Shamsky played right field, left field, and first base from 1965 to 1972 for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland Athletics.

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Art Shamsky tied a major league record by homering in four consecutive at bats in 1966.

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Art Shamsky was an integral player on the 1969 World Series Champion Miracle Mets, batting.

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Art Shamsky attended University City High School in St Louis and played on the school's baseball team, as did pitcher Ken Holtzman four years later—who in 1972 was his teammate on the Oakland A's.

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Art Shamsky played basketball for the school, and graduated at the age of 16.

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Art Shamsky began his professional baseball career in 1960 with the Geneva Redlegs of the New York–Penn League, where he was the roommate of Pete Rose.

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In 1965, when he was 23 years old Art Shamsky made the Cincinnati Reds out of spring training as a sub, and hit.

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Art Shamsky tied a major league record by homering in 4 consecutive at bats for the Reds on August 12 and 14,1966.

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Art Shamsky homered in the bottom half of that inning and remained in the game to hit home runs in his next two extra-inning at bats, extending the game each time.

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Art Shamsky is the only player in Major League history to hit three home runs in a game in which he was not in the starting lineup.

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Art Shamsky did this in pain, while suffering from a slipped disk in his back that was pressing against his sciatic nerve; one doctor told him he might never play again.

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Art Shamsky still gets comments about his decision to not play on Yom Kippur that year.

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Art Shamsky started all three games of the NLCS, where he batted.

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Art Shamsky is a member of the New York Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

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Art Shamsky was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Art Shamsky was the Manager of the Modi'in Miracle in the 2007 first season of the Israel Baseball League.

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Art Shamsky faced Ken Holtzman as opposing managers for the first All Star game of the Israel Baseball League.

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The Israel Baseball League did not resume play after 2007, but Art Shamsky continued to be active in the Israel Association for Baseball.

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Art Shamsky has written two books, including The Magnificent Seasons: How the Jets, Mets, and Knicks Made Sports History and Uplifted a City and the Country, with Barry Zeman.

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Art Shamsky has two daughters, Toni and Terri, with his first wife, Randee.

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Art Shamsky made an appearance, along with several other members of the 1969 Mets, in the series as themselves.

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