Former Dodger Shuba dies at 89

Former Dodger Shuba dies at 89

Former Dodgers outfielder George "Shotgun" Shuba died on Monday at his home in Youngstown, Ohio. He was 89.

Shuba is most famous for what became dubbed as "A Handshake for the Century," when he congratulated Jackie Robinson, his Montreal Royals teammate, after Robinson hit a home run on Opening Day 1946, his first season of professional baseball in the Dodgers organization.

Shuba was a .259 career hitter over 355 games with Brooklyn from 1948-55, hitting 24 home runs and driving in 125 runs. He also became the first National League pinch-hitter to homer in the World Series, when he accomplished the feat against the Yankees in 1953.

Shuba earned his nickname after someone compared the sound of the line drives off his bat to that of a buckshot.

Shuba was one of 12 players to attend a 2005 ceremony at Dodger Stadium commemorating the 1955 Brooklyn World Series championship team.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; his son, Michael; daughters Marlene and Marykay and his sister, Helen.

Funeral services are pending.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.