Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 20, 1972 · Page 38
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2C-- Augiut 20, 1972 Gmrtt+MaU "If Babe Ruth played ball today, he'd hit 100 home runs per season," said his old teammate, Bob Shawkey, who came here Saturday to greet his uncle, Dr. A. A. Shawkey, who will be 102 years old next Wednesday-- Aug. 23. The old Yankee right-hander, who spent 16 years in the big leagues as a hurler for Connie Mack's A's and then with the famous power hitters of the 20's, called the New York Yankees, says the biggest difference in baseball today and then is the "absence of good hitters." They've got a rabbit ball now, but there aren't as many .300 hitters as there were in my day," he added. "Another thing today is that they never allow scuff marks or even any discoloration of the ball. In my day, they played with a ball until it was worn out. And still the hitters ruled the pitchers." He said the 1927 Yankees must have been the most powerful hitting team in all baseball. "Every regular batted .300," he added ... He feels that Hank Aaron of the Braves may eventually hit more home runs than Ruth but it won't really be a legitimate record. "He has played in a lot more games already than Ruth played in," he said, "and if Ruth had played every day when he was a pitcher, he might have hit so many homers nobody would have come close to him". . . * * * Joins Mote Shawkey Bob came here from his home in Syracuse, N. Y., where he has made his home since retiring as head baseball coach at Dartmouth College in 1957. He stopped off in Galloway, 0.. to join his cousin, Morris "Mote" Shawkey, for the trip here to visit Dr. Shawkey, who Bob hadn't seen in 60 years. Mote, of course, is as well known for his baseball in these parts as his more famous cousin. He served as general manager of the Huntington Boosters of the old Middle Atlantic Leasue in 1935. when the St. Louis Cards operated a farm club there. In 193(i, he was business manager of the Houston club of the Texas League-- another Card farm-- and from 1936 to 1942, he was business manager of the Detroit farm club at Toledo in the American Association. After a World War II stint in the Navy, he was appointed linuor commissioner by Gov. Cecil Underwood in 1957 and later operated a newspaper in Sistersville. . . * * * Bullpens Were Thin Mote avoided talk of his baseball career Saturday, however, in order to revel in the tales told by cousin Bob. "When I played, they didn't have coaches and only had 21 players on the team," said Bob. "The manager always coached at third and one of us pitchers coached at first base. "Today they've got more pitchers in th* bullpen than we had on our staff and a complete game today is almost unheard of. We never thought of getting relief help when vn pitched." Shawkey likes to rib the youngsters today when he goes down to Yankee Stadium to take part in the Old Timer games there. He says Elmer Smith of the Cleveland Indians was the one guy he never could get out because he was a low-ball hitter. "Ty Cobb was the second toughest hitter for me," he said, "but he gave a lot of them trouble" . . . * * · Four Times 20-Game Winner Shawkey, who will be 82 years old in December, came into the big leagues as a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1913 after * so-so 9-11 record at Baltimore in the International League. But he pitched himself to a 16-8 record with the A's in 1914 and in the early parts of the next season the Yankees bought him. He served the Yankees then with great distinction during their glory days of the middle and late 20s. He was a teammate of such greats as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Waite Hoyt, George Pipgras, Herb Pennock. Sam Jones, Everrett Scott. Wally Pipp, Bob Meusel, Wai- ly Selling and Joe Bush. Pour times be won 20 or more games for the Yank*, hitting his high spot in 191«. when he bad a 24-14 mark. He was 20-13 in both l»l» and 1920 and had duplicated marks of 15-11 in 1923 and 24 ... * * * Long Service But No Pension Shawkey came here not only to pay his respect* to his uncle, but also to scout the area for possible hunting and fishing spots. Even at bis age, he is a very vigorous man and Ukes to "stay young" by indulging in outdoor sports. Shawkey, like all the other old ball players, didn't come out of the game with a fine pension to support him. But he managed to make a comfortable living until he retired several years ago. At the height of his baseball career, the biggest pay check he ever got from the Yankees was $15,000. He did share World Series loot with the Yankees in 1921, '22 and 23 and again in 1926. He also was with the Athletics when they won the flag in 1914. His World Series record is not as good as his lifetime pitching mark, showing only one victory against three defeats in eight appearances lasting 41% innings . . . * * * Managed Yankees In 1930 When Bob's playing career with the Yanks ended in 1927, he was picked up by Montreal of the International League bnt bounced right back as a coaca for the Yankees nnder the late Miller Hoggins in 1929. When Hoggins died in September of 1929, Shawkey was promoted to the managership of the Yankees. He served there only in 1930, the reins being turned over to Marse Joe McCarthy in 1931 for the beginning of an 18- year stint as boss of the Bombers from the Bronx. Shawkey had the distinction of pitching the first game of baseball ever played in .Yankee Stadium. He beat the Boston Red Sox and Howard Empke on that occasion--April 18, 1923. "I saw Lee MacPhail (g. m. of the Yankees) when I was down there for the All-Star game this year and he told me to be sure and come back next April when the 50th anniversary of this game will be celebrated," said Bob. "I sure hope I can make it,". . . After leaving the Yanks as manager. Bob piloted minor league clubs at Jersey City, Scran ton, Newark, Tallahassee and Watertown. He concluded his career In the game as baseball coach at Dartmough College for seven years. . . Olympic Flame BUDAPEST (AP) - Th» Olympic flam* reached Budapest Saturday after Hungarian athletes earlier in the day accepted it from Yugoslav runners at the Roefizke border crossing point. In Budapest : Seven-time Olympic sabeC: fencing champion Aludar Ge4 revich will relay it next More day to the first Austrian relay-) runner. The Olympic flame was lit id,: Greece July 28. · EX-YANKEE PITCHING HERO* VISITS HERE* Bob Shawkey (Right) and Cousin Mote Shawkey (Left) Greet Dr. A. A. Shawkey (Center) Won 196 Major League Games Shawkey is one of only six surviving players who were with those Yankee powerhouses of the mid-twenties. One of them is Waite Hoyt, the Cincinnati telecastef who has frequently visited Charleston. Among his biggest achievements in his long baseball career, Shawkey points to Sept. 27, 1919, when he fanned 15 Philadelphia batters-the team for which he played just three years before. He had a lifetime major league record of 196 games won and 152 lost. He appeared in 488 games and had a life-time earned run average of 3.09. He struck out 130 batters for the 1922 Yanks, leading them to the World Series with his contribution of an even 20 victories. James Robert "Bob" Shawkey wasn't a big man during his playing days, standing only 5-11 and weighing but 175. He was a right handed batter and pitcher. And it was nice to visit with him during his stop in Charleston . . . ^'J,!^' M» ATIARTK CNAMMONSMN* inmost WRESTLING MONDAY, AUC. 21ST *« 'CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER MKT THMIVH M CNAtUSTON iFENCE *C.: r SftK UM M TW WHSimS MUST $W M TM INK AT «U TMIS JOHNNY WEAVER ^ ART NELSON BIG BOY BROWN HOMER S ODELL MISSOURI MAULERl BRUTE BERNARD «*1 , **^x!. RONNY vs. FRANK GARVIN MORRELL PLUS OTHER BIC IOUTJ. ION T MISS THIS HCITIKC ACTION. 0: Ras«rv«d S2.50, G«n»r« CMIUMUN l,nttr IJ) ft .00 (In 6*nrol Admitiian $«cli»n) TKUT! OVK UiTH ICJ OFFKI, JI»U, AltAli, TAN cenAci, sum IHM CIOTNIS, tm»ft. n. MMVS rot KSIHrAIMIS CAU J44-M51 ALmihinsky rnros. Prmsmntttiltt Allison Is Close To $10,000 Bonus CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION, Mich. (AP) -- Four drivers are rated as favorites for today's Yankee 400-mile stock car race, but for Bobby Allison there's considerably more at stake than the first place check. The 37-year-old Chevrolet pilot from Hueytown, Ala., needs to complete only 69 laps around the two-mile Michigan International Speedway to collect a $10,000 bonus. Allison is the leader of the SHIRT SALE 5 Regularly 11 to 16.50 ALL SALES FINAL ONQUARRIER second part of the championship point standings in the Winston Cup Grand National Series, and the order of finish in the Yankee 400 will determine how a $20,000 mid-season bonus prize is split among five drivers. Petty Won First Leg Richard Petty, who trails Allison by 210 points, won the first leg of the championship point race and became $10,000 richer back in May. BASEBALL! DOUBLEHEADER TODAY 1:47 Surprise Prizes CHARLESTON n. PENINSULA "Charlies" "Whips" WATT POWEILMML See you at the WEST VIRGINIA DERBY $25,000 - added Friday, August 25 WATERFORD PARK W. Va. R«ult 2 bctwim Ntw Cumberland 6 Ntwill, W. Va. From CharleilM Am take 1-64 to Crnibridft, Ohw, tztt I* -70 to Whetlins, tiit to W. Va. Rout. 2 North to Watcrford Pork. 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