YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – George “Shotgun” Shuba, a member of the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers who was best known for offering a congratulatory handshake to minor league teammate Jackie Robinson, died Monday. He was 89.
The Los Angeles Dodgers said Shuba died at his home in Youngstown, Ohio. No cause of death was given.
Shuba, who was white, congratulated his teammate on the Montreal Royals near home plate after Robinson hit a three-run homer on April 18, 1946, off Jersey City Giants pitcher Warren Sandell. The moment shared by a smiling Robinson and Shuba was captured in a famous photograph and dubbed “A Handshake for the Century.”
Shuba reportedly hung a copy in his living room.
Robinson went on to break major league baseball’s color barrier when he started at first base for Brooklyn on April 15, 1947.
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