Former White Sox pitcher Bob Shaw passed away this past Thursday. I am deeply saddened by this news. I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Shaw on several occasions. He was kind, warm, and engaging. He was quick was to strike up a conversation about baseball, a topic that clearly meant the world to him.
He is probably best known for his masterpiece against the Dodgers in game 5 of the 1959 World Series. 92,706 fans were in attendance to see Bob Shaw face the unenviable task of matching up against Sandy Koufax. Koufax was masterful, allowing only a single run in seven innings. Shaw was even better, hurling 7.1 shutout innings.
Mr. Shaw was at Soxfest in 2009. My wife looked at some of my cards and
photos, and commented to me that she thought he was a very good looking
man. When we met him during his scheduled autograph signing, I relayed
this bit of information to him. He gave a warm smile and replied "That
was a long time ago".
RIP Mr. Shaw, you will truly be missed.