High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Ralph Newton Shafer (March 17, 1894 - February 5, 1950) was a Major League Baseball pinch-runner. Shafer played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1914. In 1 career game, he had no at-bats, only pinch-running. Shafer was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and died in Akron, Ohio. He attended the University of Cincinnati.