Urbain Jacques Shockcor (September 22, 1890 – September 9, 1928), known as Urban James Shocker was an American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees and St. Louis Browns between 1916 and 1928.
Shocker, known as one of the last legal spitball pitchers, led the American League (AL)—and set the Browns record—in 1921 with 27 wins, and won at least 20 games 4 seasons in a row from 1920 to 1923. At the time of his retirement he was the Browns all time leader in wins with 126 and shutouts with 23.
Shocker was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Anna and William Shockor and relocated to Michigan some time later. Shocker began his career in the Border League where he played as a catcher. In 1913, when he played for the Windsor team in the Border League, he broke one of his fingers on his right hand; when the finger healed it became hooked which allowed him to throw a breaking ball as well as his spitter. As a prelude to his major league career, Shocker was demoted by the Yankees for seasoning and improvement, and he spent most of the 1916 season playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs (International League) in the International League, where he posted a marvelous 15–3 record and strung together 54 consecutive scoreless innings. His scoreless inning streak and 1.31 ERA for the campaign both still stand as International League records. He was called up by the Yankees and played with them through the 1917 season. That winter, Miller Huggins engineered a trade of Shocker to the Browns which he very much came to regret. However, Shocker rejoined Huggins and the Yankees in 1925. In March of 1918 his draft number came up and he reported for service on May 31 of that year.. After he served overseas he returned to the Browns in April 1919.