Happy Birthday, Sam Shaw!

Admittedly, this is a shell and not a full blown article, but there are a couple of neat notes here.

“…In Washington, Tuesday, Mr. Simmons (manager, Wilmington) had a talk with President N. E. Young of the board of arbitration in reference to Shaw’s case. Mr. Young said the matter would be settled as soon as possible, but Manager Simmons is not anxious to act before June 21 – one month after he claims to have accepted Shaw’s terms. His statement of the case is that Shaw wrote him a letter in May asking for a position on the Wilmington Club and submitting his terms. Mr. Simmons says he accepted the figures May 19, and if the fact can be proved to the satisfaction of the board of arbitration the Terre Haute Club will have to part with Shaw’s services. May 21 the pitcher telegraphed Manager Simmons in these words “You are too late. Have accepted other terms.” Mr. Simmons has written to Shaw explaining his claim, but no response has been received.

“A letter from a western base-ball man to a friend in Baltimore yesterday gives the following account of Shaw’s good work in Terre Haute. “Shaw has won four out of six games pitched out here up to the present, and I expect him to do better still soon, as his arm is getting along finely from a week of warm weather. The last game I saw him pitch he did not send a man to base on balls, make a wild pitch, or hit a man with a pitched ball.”

“Wilmington Claims Two Pitchers”, Baltimore Sun, 19 June 1890, Page 3.

“Old Man Anson has corralled another colt, and he looks like a fast youngster. His name is Sam Shaw. He is a pitcher and yesterday he had the Senators on the hip.

“Sam Shaw, recently of the Augusta, Ga., club pitched to-day for Chicago, and proved an enigma to the Washington batsmen.”

“Pittsburg and Brooklyn…” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 14 June 1893, Page 11.

He made that start, and one more (a no decision in seven innings). Then he was released.

“When Anson called his men into the clubhouse yesterday morning and dealt out their stipends he told little Sammy Shaw that he had no more use for him. Shaw will remain here until he gets an opportunity to pitch for some team…”

“Pitcher Sam Shaw Released”, Chicago Tribune, 02 July 1893, Page 7.

Based on his death certificate, Samuel Elmer Shaw died on 13 February 1947 in Upper Darby, PA. He was born to Robert and Jane (Clark) Shaw in Baltimore in 1863, was married to Susan Ardisson, and spent several years as a grocer prior to his retirement.

In the 1880 US Census, Shaw – then 16 – lived with his father and mother (58, 57) and David (22), Josephine (19), and his grandmother Sarah E. Shaw in Baltimore. Dad was a house painter. Josephine was a dressmaker and Sam was a file maker.

In the 1870 US Census, Shaw, then 8 (!) lived with two other siblings, Sarah (18), and William (16), also David, Josephine, and Sammy. Sarah was also employed as a dress maker…

In the 1860 US Census, his parents were in Baltimore – kids listed as Lina (6), Francis (5), Walter (3), and Josephine (1)

(Trying to pair out names, here… Robert Lewis Shaw. Jane Sarah (Clark) Shaw, Angelina Sarah, Francis William, Walter David, E. Josephine, and S? Samuel,,,

1900 US Census – Irene B. born in July 1895. He’s a grocer. Susie is born in 10/1867

1910 US Census – Living at the home of Henry and Charlotte Bruer in Philadelphia. He was a salesman.

Wife’s death certificate says she was Susan Ursula (Ardisson) Shaw, daughter of Honore De Ardisson and Mary – died of senility/advanced arteriosclerosis on 12/20/1957.  Born 10/31/1880. Second wife named Susie?

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