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 History Players Teams Obituaries Site search Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsSpec SheaFrancis Joseph Shea (Born:Joseph O’Shea Francis)Nickname: Naugatuck NuggettBorn: Oct. 2, 1920 in Naugatuck, Conn. Died: July 19, 2002Debut: 1947 | Pos: PHt: 6′ | Wt: 190 | B:R | T: RYrsGIPWLSvSOERA8195943.2564653613.800>> Visit theSpec Shea biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.Frank “Spec” Shea won 2games in the 1947 World Series as a rookie for the New York Yankees. Hedied July 19, 2002 at the age of 81, four weeks after have heart valvereplacement surgery. In his career, Shea finished56-46 with a 3.80 ERA for the New York Yankees (1947-49, 1951) and WashingtonSenators (1952-55). He pitched 943.2 innings in 195 games.In 1947, Shea finished witha 14-5 record and a 3.07 ERA for the Yankees. He also became the firstrookie pitcher to get the win in an All-Star Game. He led the league byholding opponents to just .200 hitting. He also missed several weeks duringthe middle of the season due to a neck injury.He started Game 1 of the1947 World Series and helped the Yankees to a 5-3 win over Brooklyn. Twodays after his birthday, he pitched a 4-hitter to beat Brooklyn, 2-1, inGame 5. He also drove in a run in that game. Jackie Robinson of the Dodgerswon the Rookie of the Year Award in 1947. Shea, however, was the leadingvote-getter from the American League.After returning from militaryservice in 1946, Shea pitched for Waterbury, Connecticut, in an exhibitiongame against the Yankees. Shea won the game, 1-0, and received an invitationto Spring Training with the Yankees in 1947.His neck injury continuedto plague him and, in 1950, he spent time in the minors after the Yankeesthought he was having arm problems. Before the 1952 season, hewas traded to the Senators along with OF Jackie Jensen, OF Archie Wilsonand SS Jerry Snyder for OF Irv Noren and infielder Tom Upton.Shea, who had freckles, earnedthe nickname Specs and he was given the nickname “The Naugatuck Nuggett”by broadcaster Mel Allen. Shea also taught Robert Redford how to throwin baseball’s older style for the movie, “The Natural.” Sources: Baseball Encyclopedia,Associated Press.