Urban Shocker

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a a a URBAN SHOCKER OLD YANK STAR DIES I DENVER Succumbs to Pneumonia Attack Ruth Calls Him One of Game's Smart est Pitchers. By HAROLD C. BIRR. Another ot the spltball pitcher hac gone. Urban Shocker quit baseball recently. He left a bigger game yesterday. Word comes from the West that he died tn a Denver hospital yesterday ot a complication ot pneu monia and heart disease. The end came fast tor this hurler. He wa only 38. It seems Just the other day he was fighting the Yankees for more salary. One ot the spring's most persistent holdouts, he finally came to tentative term with Colonel Ruppert. He was to get a contract if he could get into condition to play ball. ' But Shocker couldn't do it. The heart attacks had weakened him. So ne vanished from baseball. Now he'll never appear on the mound aealn. He's under the mound where all good warriors iaxe meir last long rest. f or years Hiiocner wa th Nemesis of the team with which he almost simultaneously ended his baseball and earthly career. He began with the xankees as a big leaguer and ended wun tnem, but in between was a St. Louis interlude of seven years. The Yanks traded Shocker to the browns and it rankled. He took delight in heating the Yankees, wiping out the slight with many a victory over hit iormer piayienows. Three for One. But when Shocker returned to th Yankees the second trade brought balm to hi injured spirit. It took three players Joe Bush, Oiard and Gaston to get him back. The past was all forgotten. Ve was a iter in bt. Louis, and hi luster wa only tiigiiLiy lanusuea ui w YorK. Shocker had seen his best nitohine days, but his smartness kept him tak ing nis regular turn. For Urban Shocker was other inings oesiars just a pitcher. Frori me aay ne Droxe into professions, baseball as a catcher with the Ymi. .'anti in the old Trolley League, he was a stuaent or nis job. He took to piicnmg at Windsor, went to Ottawa and the Yankees bouKht him from that Border League club for $750. But Shocker, by application, made himself more valuable tnan that. ne watcnoa tne wont of enemy hitters, through the papers, davs In advance of his turn to pitch against them. He knew Just what Joey Scwcll of Cleveland was doing and now many nits bid t anc ot the White box got a woek ago against the Ath letics. Babe Ruth has called Shocker one of the smartest slabsters In the game. ' He was smart at the plate too. No brother of the hill oould fool Urban, He knew all his trick and some of his own to boot. He never went fish lug. The pitch had to be good for him to go after it. Ho received many merited bases on nails, and an proached perfection on the sacrifice hit and the hitting end of the squeeze play. No Bark to Minors for Him. Shocker had finished his work when the call cam. He didn't know the heartbreak tt drifting down tht

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle10 Sep 1928, MonPage 24

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)10 Sep 1928, MonPage 24
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