Of all the Great Major League Players out there, why are we reading about this Shotgun guy, his stats were mediocre at best?
I'm glad you asked because there is one stat that we have left out,
let's discuss. Mr. George "Shotgun" Shuba has two claims to fame as it
relates to Major League Baseball. First, Shotgun was the first
National League Player to hit a pinch-hit home run in a World Series
Second, and perhaps the most unknown acts of greatness came in the form of a Handshake, a simple act of kindness.
standing in the on-deck circle during a Montreal Royals (Brooklyn Dodger's minor league affiliate) game in 1946,
Shotgun offered a congratulatory handshake to a teammate after that
player hit a homerun. That player was Jackie Robinson, the first
African American baseball player to play in the majors. Back then, it
wasn't "cool" to shake the hand of an African American man, let alone
an African American man who was taking a spot away from "someone like
us". During the 1940s this was how it was, but kids, it never made it
right. It would have been easier for Shotgun "not" to shake Jackie
Robinson's hand that day as the vast majority of fans at the stadium may
have preferred that he didn't. Although for some reason Shotgun
had no hesitation when he approached Jackie Robinson after the homerun,
he simply stated years later "In my eyes, it was the right thing to
do". The moment was captured in the well- known photograph captured
above. To the shock of many teammates, the 25,000 fans and perhaps
to Mr. Jackie Robinson himself, George "Shotgun" Shuba had broken the
had been afraid, Shuba said, that none of his teammates would shake his
hand after he'd broken baseball's color barrier. For Shuba, it was only
natural — he saw no difference between himself and Robinson" Shotgun
was quoted as saying "I said, 'Are you on our team? Are you on our side?
OK then.' "
So you are faced with a
similar situation on the field and/or at school, What would you do? Do
you have the courage to go against everybody else for standing up for
what is right? Think about that the next time someone is being treated
differently. Think about that the next time a Bully tries to rally
against someone.... Not easy, that's why they call it courage! That's
what you call being a Bulldog!!!