Despite a diminutive 5’6″ 139-pound frame, Bobby Shantz loomed large in Major League Baseball for 16 seasons. Signed by Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics before the 1948 season, Shantz played for 7 big league teams.
Along the way, Shantz filled his trophy case. In 1951 the lefty made the first of his three All Star Games. The following season he led the league in wins (24), WHIP, walks per nine innings, and strikeout-to-walk-ratio. Baseball Writers rewarded Shants with the 1952 American League MVP Award.
He led the league in ERA in 1957. That season was his final all-star appearance and the first of eight Gold Glove Awards. Shantz was a member of two Yankee American League championship teams.
In the collection is the 1954 Topps baseball card autographed by Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Bobby Shantz.