March 30, 2001 Bob Shaw brought some respectability to the Mets in his brief tenure here. He won more games than he lost as a starting pitcher, which did not happen very often in the pre-Seaver days.
March 7, 2005 Shaw was called for FIVE balks in one game--including three in one inning--on May 4, 1963 while pitching for the Milwaukee Braves.
April 6, 2005 The first major league game I ever attended was in June 1966 - Cubs at Mets. Bob Shaw out dueled Bill Hands 1-0. Bob was great that day recapturing some of his pitching "magic" from 1959. How many times did any pitcher shutout a lineup with Banks, Williams, Santo and company?
Years later I was able to find a ticket stub and the radio recording of the game. I sent him a copy of the radio broadcast. He sent a nice letter of thanks and later when I found a copy of the book he authored on picthing he was gracious enough to sign it for me.
He was an excellent pitching coach and a smart real estate investor which allowed him to leave baseball when he was ready to move on in life. Thanks for the memory.
June 3, 2005 Bob Shaw came to the Mets in 1966, Wes Westrum's first year. He brought some veteran leadership to that staff before Seaver arrived. He also brought a spit ball and threw it often. Leo Durocher who managed the Cubs that year said he was going out to get him a spitball pitcher. I remember one game late in the 66 season he and Jerry Grote got into it after Shaw threw a pitch Grote did not call.
December 8, 2006 I don't remember where, but I read that Bob Shaw went from team to team because he had very strong opinions (maybe about religion) and didn't shrink from sharing them. He wore out his welcome wherever he pitched.
December 13, 2006 Didn't he punch Grote out in a '66 contest after cominmg over mid year? Went 18-6 for WS Go Go Sox and had some bullpen sucess as well. A Bronx boy.