John Shelby

John Shelby

John Shelby
Milwaukee Brewers
Born: (1958-02-23) February 23, 1958
Lexington, Kentucky
Batted: Switch 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 to 1991. His nickname was "T-Bone" for his slight frame. He currently is a coach for the Milwaukee Brewers


  • Biography 1
    • Education 1.1
    • Baseball career 1.2
      • Playing career 1.2.1
      • Coaching career 1.2.2
  • Family 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4



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. On June 3, 1989 he batted 0 for 10 in a 22 inning game vs. the Houston Astros.

Coaching career

He is currently the outfield instructor for the Brewers.[1] He has also served as a coach for the Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles.


His oldest son, John Shelby III, is currently in playing in Minor League Baseball for the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League. His second oldest son, Jeremy Shelby, played one season in the Baltimore Orioles' farm system. His third oldest son, JaVon Shelby, plays for the University of Kentucky Wildcats baseball team, where he was a freshman second basemen in 2014.[2] His nephew, Josh Harrison, is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.


  1. ^ Brewers plotting duties for 'eye in sky' coach
  2. ^ "5 JaVon Shelby".  

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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
Wayne Kirby