Dave Shean of the 1918 Red Sox — 1918: Babe Ruth and the World Champion Boston Red Sox by Allan Wood

David William Shean
Second Base

5’11”, 175 lbs., Batted Right, Threw Right
Born: July 9, 1883, Arlington, Massachusetts
Died: May 22, 1963, Boston, Massachusetts

Dave Shean turned 35 years old during the 1918 season and had his finest year of his career.

He attended Fordham University before he was signed by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1906. Shean was moved around regularly: minor league Montreal in 1907, the Philadelphia Phillies in 1908, then traded to the Boston Braves in 1909. He played with the Cubs in 1911, was sent back to the Braves in 1912. In 1913, Shean began a four-year association with the International League Providence Grays as a player and manager. In 1914, he won the IL batting crown (.334) and was a teammate of Babe Ruth.

In 1917, Shean was the Cincinnati Reds’ regular second baseman and was traded to the Red Sox during spring training in 1918. During the off-seasons, he worked as a butcher in his family’s meat market in a Boston suburb.

Batting

Year Ag Tm  Lg   G   AB   R  H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  TB SH HBP
1906 22 PHA AL  22   75   7  16  3  2 0   3  6     5     .213 .280 .307  23   2  2
1908 24 PHI NL  14   48   4   7  2  0 0   2  1     1     .146 .180 .187   9   3  1
1909 25 BSN NL  75  267  32  66 11  4 1  29 14    17     .247 .297 .330  88  14  2
        PHI NL  36  112  14  26  2  2 0   4  3    14     .232 .323 .286  32   3  1
        TOT NL 111  379  46  92 13  6 1  33 17 0  31   0 .243 .305 .317 120  17  3
1910 26 BSN NL 150  543  52 130 12  7 3  36 16    42  45 .239 .294 .304 165  17  0
1911 27 CHC NL  54  145  17  28  4  0 0  15  4     8  15 .193 .240 .221  32   7  1
1912 28 BSN NL   4   10   1   3  0  0 0   0  0     1   2 .300 .417 .300   3   0  1
1917 33 CIN NL 131  442  36  93  9  5 2  35 10    22  39 .210 .249 .267 118  17  1
1918 34 BOS AL 115  425  58 112 16  3 0  34 11    40  25 .264 .331 .315 134  36  3
1919 35 BOS AL  29  100   4  14  0  0 0   8  1     5   7 .140 .189 .140  14   4  1
9 Seasons      630 2167 225 495 59 23 6 166 66 0 155 133 .228 .284 .285 618 103 13

Fielding

Year Ag Tm Lg Pos   G   PO   A    E  DP   FP   lgFP  RnF  lgRnF  LF  CF  RF
1906 22 PHA AL 2B  22   41   58   2   5  .980  .954  4.50  5.19
1908 24 PHI NL SS  14   27   34   9   2  .871  .930  4.36  5.17
1909 25 BSN NL 2B  72  164  209  17  34  .956  .938  5.18  4.66
        PHI NL 2B  14   24   31   1   3  .982  .938  3.93  4.66
               1B  11   96    1   1   3  .990  .985  8.82 10.58
               OF   3    8    1   0   0 1.000  .961  3.00  2.01   0   3   0
               SS   1    3    3   0   0 1.000  .926  6.00  5.21
        TOT NL 2B  86  188  240  18  37  .960  .938  4.98  4.66
1910 26 BSN NL 2B 148  408  493  44  92  .953  .952  6.09  5.05
1911 27 CHC NL 2B  23   43   64   6   5  .947  .952  4.65  5.03
               SS  19   37   42   6  12  .929  .925  4.16  4.88
               3B   1    1    1   0   0 1.000  .936  2.00  3.04
1912 28 BSN NL SS   4    2    9   1   2  .917  .931  2.75  4.93
1917 33 CIN NL 2B 131  332  412  30  69  .961  .956  5.68  4.96
1918 34 BOS AL 2B 115  241  341  20  38  .967  .958  5.06  5.31
1919 35 BOS AL 2B  29   70   85   3  18  .981  .961  5.34  5.19
Position Total 2B 554 1323 1693 123 264  .961  .953  5.44  5.03
               SS  38   69   88  16  16  .908  .929  4.13  5.00
               1B  11   96    1   1   3  .990  .990  8.82 10.55
               OF   3    8    1   0   0 1.000 1.000  3.00  2.00   0   3   0
               3B   1    1    1   0   0 1.000 1.000  2.00  3.00
Overall Total     607 1497 1784 140 283  .959  .953  5.41  5.11

World Series Batting

Year Tm   Opp   G  AB  R  H  2B 3B HR RBI BB SO    BA  OBP  SLG  SB
1918 BOS  CHC   6  19  2  4   1  0  0   0  4  3  .211 .348 .263   1

Minor League Batting

Year Team          Lg  POS   G    AB   R    H  2B  3B  HR   TB  SB   BA    SLG
1906 Rutland, VT   ?? 
1907 Montreal      EL   2B  115  384  33   89  13   2   1  109  10  .232  .284
1908 Williamsport TSL   2B  123  444  97  125  19   9   3  171  47  .282  .385
1912 Louisville*   AA
1912 Providence    IL   SS  111  441  64  127  16  13   1  168  14  .288  .381
1913 Providence    IL   2B  133  462  73  130  16  11   4  180   7  .280  .390
1914 Providence    IL   2B  149  533  98  178  22  14   7  249  25  .334  .467
1915 Providence    IL   2B  121  457  68  141  23   7   0  178  11  .309  .389
1916 Providence    IL   2B  133  482  53  137  19   4   2  170  17  .284  .353
TOTALS                      885 3203 486  927 128  60  18 1225 131  .289  .382

Manager: Providence, IL, 1915-16.

* - Chicago Cubs sold Shean to Louisville in April 1912; Shean refused to report and was
suspended; he was traded to Boston, who sent him to Providence.

Minor Leagues: EL - Eastern League; TSL - Tri-State League; IL - International League;
AA - American Association.