A 1982 graduate of
Ambridge High School, Shawn Holman logged 17 years of
professional baseball. After a stellar high school career,
he turned down a scholarship offer from West Virginia
University and was taken in the 14th round of the 1982 draft
by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Shawn was elevated to
"the show" in 1989 as a relief pitcher with the Detroit
Tigers. Shawn recorded more than 100 wins along with 100
saves in the minor league systems of the Pirates, Tigers,
Expos, Braves, and Dodgers.
Shawn was originally a
starter during his first five seasons in the minors, playing
for Pirates farm teams in Bradenton, Greenwood, Macon,
Prince William, Nashua, and Harrisburg. His best year in the
Pirates' organization was in 1985 at Prince William in the
Carolina League, when Shawn collected 10 wins. Shawn was
converted into a reliever when the Tigers organization
acquired him midway through the 1987 season. He worked out
of the bullpen with the Glen Falls Tigers and was named to
the Eastern League All-Star Team when he went 8-3 in 1988.
In 1989, he was ranked 4th in AAA as a member of the Toledo
Mud Hens. During that terrific season, Shawn recorded 11
saves and was 5th in appearances with 51 games, finishing 31
of them. Later during the 1989 season, Shawn made five big
league relief appearances playing for the Detroit Tigers
under legendary manager Sparky Anderson. His major league
debut was on September 5, 1989, when he pitched two innings
of relief in the Tigers' 10-2 win over the Kansas City
During the 1990's, Shawn
logged time with London, Laredo, Richmond, and Ottawa, and
also played pro ball in Puerto Rico. Shawn finished 12-7 in
1992 with Laredo in the Mexican League and 12-7 again in
1993 with Richmond in the Eastern League.
An arm injury ended
Shawn's playing career in 1997. Today, he is giving back to
his hometown and alma mater as the head baseball coach at
Ambridge High School. Under Shawn, the Bridgers made the
WPIAL playoffs in 2016, their first visit since 2009. Shawn
is now in his third year at Ambridge and is also an
assistant coach and pitching coach for the Ambridge-Baden
American Legion baseball team.
Shawn is married to
Nancy Arendosh Holman, and their two sons, Shawn and Travis,
are both pitchers and played for their father at Ambridge.
Son Shawn is now pitching collegiately at Slippery Rock
University of Pennsylvania, and son Travis will enter
Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the fall of this year
and will pitch there.