Monday, February 14, 2011

Debut #91 Costen Shockley

John Costen Shockley
First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 200 lb.
Born: February 8, 1942 in Georgetown, DE
MLB Debut: July 17, 1964 Philadelphia Phllies
Final MLB Game: June 7, 1965 California Angels
Years with the Angels: 1965

December 3, 1964: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies with Rudy May to the California Angels for Bo Belinsky.

Credited with first putout of the game (made 10 total) when visiting Dick Howser grounded out to him at first. Later in his first at bat in the top of the second he singled off of Ralph Terry and was stranded in a 7-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, April 13, 1965 (N) at Chavez Ravine.

Batted .187 in 40 games. Committed only 1 error in 266 chances, mostly at first base.

Best Angels Performance:
Broke open 1-0 lead in the 5th with a grand slam off Bostons Dave Morehead on Tuesday, May 4, 1965 (N) at Chavez Ravine.
From Retrosheet:
ANGELS 5TH: Knoop singled; Lopez reached on a fielder's choice
on a sacrifice bunt [Knoop to second]; On a bunt Piersall
singled [Lopez to second, Knoop to third]; Pearson singled
[Piersall to second, Lopez to third, Knoop scored]; W. Smith
forced Lopez (pitcher to catcher) [Pearson to second, Piersall
to third]; Shockley homered [Piersall scored, Pearson scored, W.
Smith scored]; Fregosi grounded out (third to first); Rodgers
flied out to center; 5 R, 4 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Red Sox 0, Angels 5.

- Originally Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1960.
- Hit 36 homers, a team record, for the 1964 Arkansas Travelers of the PCL.
- Quit baseball after the 1965 Angels told him he was being sent down to the minors.

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