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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 426 of 1043 players
Donald Wellington Shaw
Born: February 23, 1944 at Pittsburgh, Pa.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 6.00 Weight: 180

Don Shaw was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 15, 2013.


First Mets game: April 11, 1967
Last Mets game: September 27, 1968

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July 24, 2002
Do you know if Don Shaw played in today's game, he would be like a Mark Guthrie type . Poor Don was 30 years too early

December 28, 2002
Don Shaw had a real good year out of the bullpen in 1968, and then was lost in the expansion draft. And on opening day 1969, he gets the win in relief for Montreal.

May 13, 2003
From what I read in Peter Golenbock's book, "Amazin'," this guy was a pet of then-chairman of the board, the notorious M. Donald Grant. I wouldn't want to be remembered as anyone's pet, let alone of the guy who alienated everyone in Mets Nation by exiling Tom Seaver and Dave Kingman in the 1977 Midnight Massacre.

February 24, 2006
Seems like he showed a lot of promise in his first season! What happened in year 2? Did he get hurt and only pitch a little bit? Or, did he suffer from Spring Training Swollen Head Syndrome (like Rod Gaspar later) and get sent back down? I'd like to know. Can anyone out there give me an answer?

August 20, 2006
1968. Philadelphia Phillies have the bases loaded and no one out. Don Shaw is brought into the game. Rick Joseph is the first batter Shaw faces. Joseph hits a sinker to the drawn in infield and the throw home gets the runner coming in from third. Bill White is up next. He hits another of Shaws sidearm sinkers to second base and the Mets turn a doubleplay and Shaw gets out of a bases loaded none out jam. Shaw spent most of 1968 in the minors while an ineffective pitcher by the name of Billy Short was the number two lefty out of the pen. I never understood that decision and I think St. Gil got that one wrong.

Jamey Bumbalo
November 3, 2006
Don Shaw had a perfectly respectable ERA of 2.56 with the Mets, but had an ERA of 14.04 in 1972 with the Cards and A's. Something went wrong somewhere along the way.

January 4, 2010
Pitched well in relief for the Mets in 1967 with a 2.98 ERA and had a good year for the Cards in 1971 going 7 - 2 2.65. He then went 0 - 2 14.04 for the Cards and A's in 1972 and that was it at age 28. A rapid decline like that usually indicates a sore arm and all the surgeries today were really not an option back then.

Interesting middle name -- Wellington.

September 9, 2011
I'm too young to have seen Shaw pitch (I was born in 1965), but from what I've read, Shaw was a favorite of M. Donald Grant for some odd reason. According to one book that I read, Whitey Herzog had arranged for the Mets to trade Shaw and Tommy Davis to the White Sox for Tommie Agee in the 1967-68 offseason, but Grant killed the deal. Herzog hated Shaw and left him unprotected in the expansion draft in 1968. Looking back, I think Whitey Herzog was a better judge of talent than M. Donald Grant.

January 23, 2012
Shaw went 6-2 at the A ball level at Marion and Auburn in 1965, showing some good stuff. By 1967 he had become one of the Mets Chairman of the Board, M. Donald Grant's favorite players and found himself on the big league staff. This Mr. Shaw was no relation to Bronx born pitcher Bob Shaw also on the 1967 Mets staff.

Donnie Shaw made his debut on Opening Day 1967, closing out a 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. At the end of April he recorded two saves on back-to-back days, then took a loss blowing a save to the Philadelphia Phillies on April 23rd. That day he allowed a HR to Dick Allen in the 7th inning then a two-run double to former Met Phil Linz. On May 2nd he earned his first Mets win although he only pitched to one batter in the top of the 12th inning. In the bottom of the inning Ed Kranepool tripled home a run and then scored on a John Sullivan walk-off RBI single. On August 1st he pitched five scoreless innings striking out five Astros at the Astrodome in a 5-1 Mets victory. In the next two weeks he took a loss, earned a save and got a win against the Pittsburgh Pirates before his season ended early.

That off-season he was supposed to go to the White Sox along with Tommy Davis in a deal to get Rookie of the Year Tommie Agee, but it was balked because M. Donald Grant said "we're not trading my Donnie Shaw." It was decisions like this that drove Mets Minor league Director of Player Development Whitey Herzog crazy.

Setbacks only got Shaw into seven games in 1968 and he was eventually picked by the Montreal Expos in the 1968 expansion draft. He only played briefly in three more seasons going 9-9 overall with the Expos, St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland A's. Shaw ended his five-season career by 1973 as the Mets were going to the World Series. He was just 29.

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