Francis Joseph Shea was born in Naugatuck, Connecticutt, on October 2, 1922. After serving in the Armed Forces in World War II, he joined the Oaks' team in mid-season of 1946. By September, he became a real mainstay of the valiant Acorn pitching staff, which manager Casey Stengel counts upon to carry a terrific responsibility in the final and vital stretch drive of the season.
The powerful right hander flings a blazing fastball and effective slider. Included in his first 13 triumphs for the Stengelmen are a 13-inning, 4-hit performance against Sacramento and a brilliant 4-hit stint against San Francisco. He might have been a 20-game winner if he had joined the club earlier. "Spec" is at his best when the going is toughest, and Casey is relying on him after four victorious series in mid-September. He's major league quality folks; look to see him hurling for the Yanks next year.
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