Bob Shaw passes away

Updated: September 26, 2010, 4:33 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Bob Shaw, a major league pitcher best known for helping shut out Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1959 World Series, has died. He was 77.

Shaw died of liver cancer at his home near Jupiter, Fla., on Thursday, his son Glenn Shaw said Sunday.

In eleven years in the major leagues, Shaw pitched for the Tigers, Athletics, Braves, Giants, Mets and Cubs. His best season was in 1959, when he went 18-6 with a 2.69 ERA for the White Sox. The team made it to the World Series, but fell behind 3-1 to the Dodgers.

Shaw combined with Billy Pierce and Dick Donovan for a 1-0 victory in Game 5 at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, sending the series back to Chicago, where the Dodgers ultimately prevailed.

After leaving the big leagues in 1967, Shaw held a number of coaching positions and went into business as a citrus grove owner and real estate investor, his daughter Karen Sowden said. He worked until becoming too sick in May, she said.

Aside from his son and Sowden, Shaw is survived by his wife, Asta, and another daughter, Linda Gehring. A memorial service was planned for Wednesday at Jupiter First Church.


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