Steven Francis Shea
Born: December 5, 1942 (Worcester, Massachusetts)
Died: March 4, 2015 (North Hampton, New Hampshire)
Steve Shea, a right-hander, pitched for the Montreal Expos in their inaugural 1969 season. He was later sent down to the Vancouver Mounties and pitched for that team in its final season. Shea ended his career with the Winnipeg Whips.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound New Englander had 30 major-league games of experience, all in relief, when the Houston Astros sold him to the expansion Expos days before the opening of the 1969 season. The 26-year-old pitched in just 10 games and 15 2/3 innings for the Expos when assigned to their farm club in Vancouver.
Shea pitched 71 innings for the Mounties, going 2-5 with two saves. The Mounties folded at the end of the 1969 season, and Shea found himself with the Buffalo Bisons of the International League to open the 1970 season. The Bisons struggled and were near bankruptcy when the franchise was awarded to the parent Expos, who moved the team to the Manitoba capital.
Shea got a modicum of revenge on the Expos, when the club played an exhibition game in Winnipeg midway through the 1971 season. The farm hands demolished the big league team by 11-3 and Shea picked up the save.
The pitcher also managed the Whips for part of the season.
After retiring as a player, he earned a masters in business administration from Boston College. He retired in 1997 as president and chief executive officer of Rockingham Bank Corp. In retirement, he was active in the Central Asia-American Enterprise Fund and created an education foundation through which students from Central Asia can study business and economics.
Toledo Blade, June 5, 1969.
Montreal Gazette, June 18, 1971.