Earl Sheely Essentials

Positions:
Bats: R Throws: R
75 Weight: 195
Born: 2 12, 1893 in Bushnell, IL USA
Died: 9 16 1952 in Seattle, WA USA
Debut: 4/14/1921
Last Game: 9/27/1931
Full Name: Earl Homer Sheely

one of baseball’s unknown greats, Earl Sheely, first baseman for the 1929 Pirates. He was a star player in the Pacific Coast League prior to making his MLB debut in 1921. In Sheely’s first six seasons in the majors he hit at least .296 every year and drove in 80+ runs each season while playing for the White Sox. He struggled through the 1927 season and decided to return to the PCL where he hit .381 with 21 homers in 1928. The Pirates picked him up in the Rule 5 draft and in his only season with the Pirates he hit .293 with 75 walks and 88 RBIs. The Pirates picked up slugger Gus Suhr in the off-season to play first base and sent Sheely back to the PCL. Suhr went on to play ten seasons with the Pirates and is considered by some to be the best first baseman in team history. Sheely hit .403 in the PCL in 1930 with 29 homers. He played one more season in the majors with the Braves in 1931 before finishing his career in the PCL in 1934. Under the current system of baseball a player like Sheely would’ve had a long productive, possibly Hall of Fame career, but back then players could make a good living in the PCL and some chose to stay there instead of playing in the majors away from home. The PCL wasn’t as good as the majors, but it wasn’t far off either. Sheely was a .324 minor league hitter in 1,935 games and a .300 hitter in 1,234 major league games. He had over 3,600 hits between the two levels and he accumulated 670 doubles and over 200 homers. His son Bud Sheely played three seasons in the majors with the White Sox.

 

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