Shag Shaughnessy

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Francis Joseph Shaughnessy

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Biographical Information[edit]

Shag Shaughnessy, more famous for his work as a manager and executive, was in the American League in 1905 and 1908. With the Philadelphia Athletics in 1908, he hit .310. He played minor league baseball between 1903 and 1924, often as a player-manager. He hit as high as .340 with Ottawa in 1913.

He played football, baseball, and ran track at Notre Dame. He was head football coach for Clemson University for one year in 1907, and later for McGill University in Montreal, QC.

In 1928, he was a coach for the Detroit Tigers. He managed for 19 years in the minor leagues between 1909 and 1936, compiling a 1148-1012 record. He was General Manager for the Montreal Royals from 1932 to 1934, then was President of the International League from 1936 to 1960. In that role, he was the innovator of a long-used playoff system known as the Shaughnessy Playoffs. In 1947 he was named as part of the inaugural class of the International League Hall of Fame. Shaughnessy was an inaugural member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1909 Roanoke Tigers Virginia League 73-49 1st none League Champs
1910 Roanoke Tigers Virginia League 68-52 2nd none
1911 Roanoke Tigers Virginia League 63-56 3rd none
1912 Fort Wayne Railroaders Central League 77-52 1st none League Champs
1913 Ottawa Senators Canadian League 66-39 1st none League Champs
1914 Ottawa Senators Canadian League 76-45 1st none League Champs
1915 Ottawa Senators Canadian League 72-39 1st none League Champs
1916 Warren Bingoes Interstate League 24-19 -- Team disbanded on August 4
1919 Hamilton Tigers Michigan-Ontario League 75-36 2nd none
1920 Hamilton Tigers Michigan-Ontario League 71-46 2nd none
1921 Syracuse Stars International League 29-38 6th none replaced Bunny Madden (42-58) on July 30
1922 Syracuse Stars International League 64-102 7th none
1923 Syracuse Stars International League 73-92 6th none
1924 Syracuse Stars International League 79-83 6th none
1925 Syracuse Stars International League 9-29 -- -- replaced by Harry Myers on May 28
Providence Grays International League 49-69 8th none replaced Eddie Onslow (6-11) on June 4
1926 Reading Keystones International League 1-8 -- -- replaced by Byrd Lynn on April 23
1934 Montreal Royals International League 73-77 6th
1935 Montreal Royals International League 92-62 1st Lost League Finals
1936 Montreal Royals International League 55-60 -- -- replaced by Harry Smythe on August 5

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