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John Shelby

John Shelby being honored at the 25th anniversary ceremony of the Baltimore Orioles 1983 World Series Championship
Born: February 23, 1958 (1958-02-23) (age 51)
Lexington, Kentucky
Batted: Both Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 15, 1981 for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
August 11, 1991 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Batting average     .239
Home runs     70
Runs batted in     313
Career highlights and awards

John T. Shelby (born February 23, 1958 in Lexington, Kentucky) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1981–1991. His nickname was "T-bone" for his slight frame.





John Shelby is a 1976 graduate of Henry Clay High School in Lexington, KY, where he played baseball (shortstop) and basketball and was an all-area performer. After high school he played one year of baseball at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee.

Baseball career

Playing career

Over his 11-year career he played with three different teams: the Baltimore Orioles (1981–1987), Los Angeles Dodgers (1987–1990) and Detroit Tigers (1990–1991). Shelby was a member of two World Series-winning teams, the 1983 Orioles and the 1988 Dodgers. When he was traded to the Dodgers during the 1987 season, the team was so desperate for a center fielder that he was rushed into uniform and into his first game. There was not even time to put his name on the back of his uniform. He played the entire game as the only member of the Dodgers without his name stitched on his uniform. During Game Four of the 1988 National League Championship Series, he drew a crucial walk off Dwight Gooden in the top of the ninth inning, allowing Mike Scioscia to come up and hit a game-tying home run, paving the way for the game-winning home run by Kirk Gibson in the top of the twelfth inning.

Coaching career

He is currently the first base coach for the Orioles.[1] He has also served as a coach for the Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates,


His son, John Shelby III, is currently in playing in Minor League Baseball for the Birmingham Barons, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.


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Preceded by
Reggie Smith
Los Angeles Dodgers First Base Coach
Succeeded by
Mariano Duncan
Preceded by
Sam Mejias
Baltimore Orioles First Base Coach
Succeeded by


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