Art Shamsky Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
This article was written by Eric Aron and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
In the locker room celebration after the Mets won the 1969 National League pennant, he was quoted by the New York Daily News as saying, “I’ll walk down the street in New York now and people will say, ‘There’s Art Shamsky of the Mets.’ People used to laugh. They won’t anymore.” Indeed, after his performance in the 1969 National League Championship Series, a three-game sweep over the Atlanta Braves, nobody would laugh. His seven hits in the NLCS led both teams, and, had the honor been bestowed, Shamsky might well have been named Most Valuable Player. He hit .300 during that Miracle Mets season and became a fan favorite, particularly among the area’s large Jewish population.
Art Shamsky played professional baseball for 13 seasons, between 1960 and 1972, eight in the major leagues. Nicknamed Sham and Smasher, the lanky left-handed outfielder/first baseman began his career with the Cincinnati Reds organization and later became a key part of the 1969 New York Mets world championship offense. In addition to his contributions to the Mets, Shamsky is best known for his four consecutive home runs spread over two games in August 1966 while he was with Cincinnati. He is the only major leaguer to hit three home runs in a game without being in the starting lineup.
Arthur Louis Shamsky was born in St. Louis on October 14, 1941. He grew up in a predominantly middle-class Jewish area of University City. His father ran a small scrap-iron business. Art was the only son, and had an older sister. “We were Jewish but we weren’t very religious,” he told an interviewer. “We observed the holidays but we didn’t make a big thing out of religion. About all I did as a player in recognizing the religion was to take off the major Jewish holidays.”
ART SHAMSKY - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 347684The talented left-hander pens this note to a fan in blue felt tip Autograph Note signed: "To Joe/ Best Wishes/ Art Shamsky" in blue felt tip, 5x3. Art Shamsky (b.
Sale Price $72.00
ART SHAMSKY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 258539The Major League slugger pens his name on this color photo in blue felt tip Photograph signed: "Art Shamsky" in blue felt tip, color, 8x10. Art Shamsky (b. 1941) tied a major league record by homering in four consecutive at-bats for the Reds on August 12 and 14 of 1966.
Sale Price $81.00
ART SHAMSKY - TRADING/SPORTS CARD SIGNED - HFSID 21642The outfielder who excelled as a hitter signs this Topps trading card in blue ink Trading/Sports Card signed: "Art Shamsky" in blue ink, color, 2½x3½. 1968 Topps Trading Card, no. 282. Career stats on verso. Art Shamsky (b.
Sale Price $81.00
THE 1969 NEW YORK METS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CIRCA 1989 WITH CO-SIGNERS - HFSID 136466"The Miracle Mets". Signed by 17 members of the 1969 World Champion New York Mets. Official National League William D.
Sale Price $1,105.00
THE 1969 NEW YORK METS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CIRCA 1989 WITH CO-SIGNERS - HFSID 144785Signed by the 1969 World Champions!
Sale Price $1,020.00
THE 1969 NEW YORK METS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL WITH CO-SIGNERS - HFSID 13647417 members of the 1969 "Miracle Mets" sign a baseball.
Sale Price $935.00
THE NEW YORK METS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL WITH CO-SIGNERS - HFSID 327154Signatures from 20 of the New York Mets in blue ink on an Official Rawlings Baseball honoring Shea Stadium!
Sale Price $765.00
THE NEW YORK METS - BOOK SIGNED WITH CO-SIGNERS - HFSID 291199Vintage copy of George Vecsey's baseball classic, Joy in Mudville, signed by 27 Mets players and coaches. Signers include Hall of Famers Berra, Ryan and Seaver. Except for the late Gil Hodges and Tug McGraw, every regular has signed the book.
Sale Price $807.50
THE NEW YORK METS - LITHOGRAPH SIGNED WITH CO-SIGNERS - HFSID 327166Lithograph of the legendary Shea Stadium signed by 26 early New York Mets. Also signed by lithograph artist Murray Tinkleman!
Sale Price $382.50