Art Shamsky

Birth Name: Arthur Louis Shamsky

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 14, 1941

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Art Shamsky is an American professional baseball player. He played right field, left field, and first base, and was with the Cincinnati Reds, the New York Mets, the Chicago Cubs, and the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was with the New York Mets when they won the 1969 World Series. He is nicknamed “Sham” and “Smasher.”

He is the son of Sadie and William Shamsky, who ran a scrap-iron business. His father was born in Missouri, to Russian Jewish/Ukrainian Jewish parents. His mother was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents. He was raised in St. Louis’ University City neighborhood.

Art’s paternal grandfather was Michael “Mike” Shamsky (the son of Velvel Ze’ev Shamsky and Sarah Spizel). Velvel was born in Kupil’, Volochys’kyi district, Khmel’nyts’ka oblast, Ukraine.

Art’s paternal grandmother was named Gertrude Chomsky (the daughter of Nachum Ze’ev).

Art’s maternal grandfather was named Isadore “Itshky” Yaffe/Jawor (the son of Mendel Jawor and Sarah).

Art’s maternal grandmother was Pearl Baron (the daughter of Mutye Baron and Dora Kruk). Pearl was born in Brańsk, Podlaskie, Poland. Dora was the daughter of Avrom Hersh HaCohen Kruk and Chana.


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