Al Shaw

Catcher, Baseball Player

1873 – 1958


Who was Al Shaw?

Alfred Louis Shaw, nicknamed "Shoddy," was an English-born Major League Baseball catcher who played four seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Boston Americans, Chicago White Sox, and Boston Doves.

Shaw was born in Burslem in the English county of Staffordshire, and made his major league debut at age 28 with the Tigers. He hit .269 with a .321 on-base percentage in 55 games in 1901 with 20 runs and 23 RBIs for the Tigers. Shaw did not play again in the major leagues for six years, when he signed with the Boston Americans in 1907. In 76 games for Boston, Shaw hit only .192. His batting average continued to decline in 1908 and 1909, and he played his last major league game for the Doves on September 13, 1909. Shaw died in Uhrichsville, Ohio, in 1958 at age 84.


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May 22, 1873
Lived in
  • Burslem
Mar 25, 1958

on July 23, 2013