(c) Houston Astros

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Position: P      Born: Sep 26, 1925      Bats: Right      Throws: Left

The Pennsylvania native signed and came up with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1949. He made the American League All-Star team in 1951 then had his career year in 1952, leading the league in wins with 24 and winning the Most Valuable Player award.

Shantz developed arm problems but followed the team to Kansas City in 1955 then was traded to the Yankees in part of a 12-player deal in 1957. He pitched in two World Series with them (1957, 1960) during four seasons there. The lefthander was claimed by the expansion Washington Senators in 1961 but was traded to the Pirates before pitching for them. Back in the expansion pool the next year, he was claimed by the Houston Colt .45s when the National League grew.

Shantz won the first game in franchise history then was traded to St. Louis the following month for John Anderson and Carl Warwick. He went 1-1 with a 1.31 ERA in three starts with the Colts. Shantz won eight Gold Glove awards for his fielding prowess, including in 1962 with Houston.

The three-time All-Star compiled a 119-99 record with 78 complete games, 15 shutouts, 48 saves and a 3.38 ERA over 16 big league seasons.