Robert John Shaw

Robert John Shaw

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Bob Shaw, pitcher who beat Sandy Koufax in 1959 World Series, dies at age 77

    Former major-league pitcher and Tequesta resident Bob Shaw died Thursday. He was 77.

    Mr. Shaw, who lived in Palm Beach County for the past 48 years, is perhaps best known for defeating Los Angeles Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax in Game 5 of the 1959 World Series.

    Mr. Shaw, in 2005

    Pitching for the Chicago White Sox, Mr. Shaw shut out the Dodgers, allowing nine hits in 7 1/3 innings of a 1-0 win at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. To this day, that Game 5 holds the record for the largest World Series crowd with 92,706 on hand.

    "Just pitching in a World Series was terrific," Mr. Shaw told The Palm Beach Post in 2009.

    The Dodgers eventually won the World Series, but 1959 stood as Mr. Shaw's finest year in the pros.

    The lanky right-hander used his hard sinker-slider combination to go 18-6 with a 2.59 ERA that season, pitching 230 2/3 innings for the White Sox.

    That season, Mr. Shaw finished third in Cy Young voting when pitchers in both leagues competed for a single award. He even received eight votes for AL MVP.

    After his playing days, he was a businessman and real-estate investor in the area and coached baseball at multiple levels.

    He managed the Daytona Beach Dodgers and was a pitching coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. He also coached Jensen Beach Post 126 to the American Legion World Series title in 1986.

    University of Florida baseball coach Kevin O'Sullivan played for Post 126, and after graduating from college, he returned to Jupiter to coach Legion ball. O'Sullivan immediately sought out Mr. Shaw.

    "Everything that I teach, to this day, is from (Mr. Shaw)," O'Sullivan said. "He meant so much to so many people in the coaching profession. "

    Marlins announcer Tommy Hutton met Mr. Shaw when he was a Los Angeles Dodgers prospect and Mr. Shaw was an instructor in their organization.

    " Then as we moved in into Palm Beach County.. He and Kevin O'Sullivan coached my oldest son Jason in the Jupiter Legion team. Best experience he ever had with those two guys," said Hutton, a Jupiter resident. "He was a true old-school baseball guy. "

    Mr. Shaw won 108 games during his pitching career, which started in Detroit before he joined the White Sox.

    The White Sox dealt Mr. Shaw to the Kansas City Athletics in 1961 in a deal for Don Larsen, who in 1956 became the only pitcher to ever throw a perfect game in the World Series.

    While playing for the Milwaukee Braves, Mr. Shaw made his only All-Star appearance in 1962, pitching two scoreless innings to record a save in the National League's 3-1 victory in Washington, D.C. He won 22 games in two seasons with the Braves before being traded to the San Francisco Giants in a deal that sent All-Star outfielder Felipe Alou to the Braves.

    With the Giants in 1965, Mr. Shaw went 16-9 with a 2.64 ERA, receiving votes for NL MVP. He pitched two more seasons with the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs before retiring in 1967.

    Mr. Shaw was born in the Bronx in 1933 and grew up in Garden City, N.Y. He graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York.

    He is survived by his wife, Asta, his son, Glenn Shaw, and two daughters, Karen Sowden and Linda Gehring.

    A memorial service at Jupiter First Church will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

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