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James Aloysius Shaw
(Grunting Jim)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.

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"Jack Ryan and Mike Kahoe, two veteran catchers, who have handled the deliveries of some of the most famous pitchers in the history of the game, vow that Shaw is the most promising youngster they have ever come in contact with. . . he is the marvel of those who see him, and Jack Ryan is authority for the statement that Shaw has the hardest delivery that he has ever handled." - Sporting Life of November 8, 1913
"Jim Shaw . . . made a splendid showing during the latter part of last season . . . He has a world of stuff, and, in addition, has mastered control of the ball. Last year he took part in many games in which his opponents were struck out." - Sporting Life of November 18, 1916

Jim Shaw pitched nine seasons in the majors, all with the Washington Senators during the time of Walter Johnson. In perhaps his best year, 1918, he went 16-12. During his careeer he led the league twice in saves and once in innings pitched.

In 1918 and 1919 he was second in the league in strikeouts, each time behind his teammate Walter Johnson. In 1918 he had a higher rate of Strikeouts per Nine Innings than did Johnson.

Shaw was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1893, the same year that Joe Schultz and Cy Rheam were also born in Pittsburgh.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time AL Saves Leader (1914 & 1919)
  • AL Innings Pitched Leader (1919)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 4 (1914 & 1917-1919)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1914 & 1917-1920)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1919)

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