Robert John Shaw (June 29, 1933 – September 23, 2010) was an Major League Baseball player from Garden City, New York. A right-handed pitcher, he played on seven teams for eleven seasons, 1957 through 1967. In 1962, he was a National League (NL) All-Star player. In 1966, he led the National League with a perfect 1.000 fielding average as pitcher.
He pitched for the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Athletics, Milwaukee Braves, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and Chicago Cubs. In 1959, he won 18 games for the American League pennant-winning White Sox. The White Sox lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games, but not before Shaw defeated Sandy Koufax with a 1–0 shutout in Game 5.
On December 15, 1961 Shaw was traded by the Kansas City Athletics with Lou Klimchock to the Milwaukee Braves for Joe Azcue, Ed Charles and Manny Jimenez.
While playing for the Milwaukee Braves, Mr. Shaw made his only All-Star appearance in 1962, pitching two scoreless innings to record a save in the National League's 3-1 victory in Washington, D.C. He won 22 games in two seasons with the Braves before being traded to the San Francisco Giants in a deal that sent All-Star outfielder Felipe Alou to the Braves.
Shaw holds the major-league record for the most balks by a pitcher in one game. He balked 5 times pitching for the Braves on May 4, 1963 against the Chicago Cubs. The balks netted the pitcher a $250 fine from the Braves and a trip to the bullpen. On June 18, Bragan called on the right-hander to close out a 7-5, 10-inning win over Pittsburgh, and Shaw’s effectiveness marked the unofficial start of his new career as a reliever.
Bob Shaw’s lifetime record in the majors was 108-98, with 32 saves, 14 shut outs, 55 complete games, 880 strikeouts, and a 3.52 ERA over 11 seasons. His brilliant 1959 campaign earned him a key role in White Sox lore.
After his professional playing days were over, Shaw managed the Florida State League's Daytona Beach Dodgers and was a pitching coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. Shaw, 77, died of liver cancer on September 23, 2010 in Tequesta, Florida.