Fun facts about Dan Neville:
-I'm at a loss! Dan never threw a pitch in the major leagues, despite his 14 wins in 1964 for the champion San Diego Padres of the hitter-favoring Pacific Coast League. Does anyone have a lead on Dan Neville?
Fun facts about Art Shamsky:
-As an 18-year-old, Art roomed with Pete Rose with the 1960 Geneva Redlegs. He hit a home run in his first professional at-bat and made the All-Star team.
-His 21 home runs placed second on the 1966 Reds, trailing only Deron Johnson (24). He accomplished it in just 272 at-bats.
-On August 12, 1966, Art became the first player in Reds history to hit two extra-inning home runs in one game, going deep in the 10th and 11th to extend the game further. He entered the game in the eighth during a double switch, hitting a home run in the bottom of that inning. All told, he had three big flies, and is believed to be the only substitute to ever homer three times in a single game. Shamsky went deep in his next at-bat two days later, another pinch hit job; he tied the major league record with home runs in four consecutive at-bats.
-Was a valuable contributor to the 1969 Mets, hitting .300 with 14 home runs in part-time duty. He turned in a 7-for-13 performance in the NLCS that year for the World Champs.
-Got a career-high 403 at-bats in 1970, batting .293 with 11 home runs, 49 RBI, and 19 doubles.
-A balky back curtailed his productivity and caused his retirement in 1972.
-His post-playing career has included stints as a real estate consultant, a broadcaster for the Mets (1980-81), and the owner of a New York restaurant named "Legends".
-Was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
-In 2007, Shamsky managed the Modi'in Miracle of the Israel Baseball League. The entire league folded after the inaugural season due to insufficient funds.
-Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show", has a pit bull named Shamsky.