Baseball and Its Greatest Players (Inside Sports) by Michael Anderson (editor)

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Who was once Ray Schalk?

"`I imagine he was once a ballplayer. From someplace round here,'" acknowledged one softball participant to a customer at Ray Schalk box in Harvel, Illinois, in may well 2007, as chronicled by means of baseball historian Brian E. Cooper in Ray Schalk: A Baseball Biography (August 2009; McFarland & corporation, Inc. , Publishers).

Schalk, a Harvel local, redefined the position of a catcher via more desirable shielding talents in a occupation that spanned the lifeless Ball and full of life Ball eras. His trip at the base paths in significant League Baseball begun in the future prior to his twentieth birthday and ended after 18 seasons with documents in video games stuck, putouts and double performs, whereas best the yankee League 8 occasions in fielding percent and 9 occasions in putouts. He used to be the 1st to seize 4 no-hit contests and set a list for stolen bases in a season via a catcher (30) in 1916 that was once no longer damaged till 1982.

In the 1st book-length biography of Schalk, Cooper weaves in the course of the gorgeous profession as a participant, supervisor and trainer, with old antidotes and a wealth of pictures to provide an entire photo of his existence and occasions. Schalk can have simply carried "The common" as a nickname; his first massive holiday happened on the age of 15 in 1908, while he used to be a final minute substitute at catcher for a semi-pro membership in Litchfield, Illinois. He had no mistakes and tallied a number of assists, whereas scoring a couple of runs and notching hits in 3 at-bats.

A highschool standout in basketball, Schalk remained a semi-pro baseball big name who will be signed for round $2 a online game. He entered the professional online game at age 18 on may perhaps nine, 1911, with the category D Taylorville Christians within the Illinois-Missouri League. Schalk used to be batting . 398 and had swiped thirteen bases by means of mid-July, however the league used to be in monetary turmoil and Taylorville - to chop expenses - published Schalk for $1,500 to the Milwaukee Brewers of the yankee Association.

His play with the Brewers drew curiosity from MLB groups and on August nine, 1912, he was once dealt to the Chicago White Sox for $10,000 and gamers. Schalk used to be within the beginning lineup days later. "Until he entered Cooperstown, Schalk categorized the afternoon of his first major-league online game as his maximum thrill in baseball," Cooper writes.

Schalk then actually grew up in public. Diminutive in stature for a catcher at 5-foot-9 and one hundred sixty five kilos, he was once frequently improper for a bat-boy in his early years with the ChiSox. He married Lavinia Graham in October 1916, with a daughter - Pauline - born in 1918 and a son - Ray Jr. - born in 1921.

As international warfare One gripped the kingdom, Schalk was once a key participant - batting . 286 - in Chicago's American League pennant and international sequence victory in 1917. shiny skies have been at the horizon for a potential dynasty within the making, yet a tsunami of deceit wiped issues out in 1919.

"Then there has been the Black Sox scandal. Schalk had a distinct standpoint at the international sequence of 1919, while teammates conspired with gamblers and deliberately misplaced to the Cincinnati Reds," Cooper writes. "Schalk was once the 1st of the sincere gamers - the so-called fresh Sox - to grasp whatever used to be up; in the end, he may inform instantly whilst his pitchers overlooked his indications and once they grooved the ball to Reds hitters. "

Any lingering anger and frustration stayed contained in the center of the sincere megastar. Cooper cites membership proprietor Charles A. Comiskey attempting to hinder the membership from being dismantled, whereas preserving his iconic acceptance within the online game, and what occurred to greenback Weaver - receiving a life-time suspension simply because he didn't file the conferences he attended together with his Black Sox teammates - as significant explanation why Schalk maintained his personal code of silence.

"Even after the cover-up failed and Shoeless Joe Jackson and 7 others got lifetime suspensions, Schalk maintained his silence," Cooper writes. "That to his loss of life day (Schalk) refused to inform what he knew concerning the scandal not just pissed off lovers and researchers, it diluted his prominence in baseball heritage. "

By 1924, lingering accidents made Schalk a battered veteran at age 32. A 1927 picture of his gnarled correct hand really tells the tale of a participant who dons the armor of a catcher. A player-manager for Chicago in 1927 and 1928, he used to be a trainer and participant (five video games) in 1929 for the recent York Giants. Schalk simply seemed in 23 video games from 1927-1929 and retired with 1,727 ordinary season protecting appearances out of 1,762 video games played.

He stayed within the online game as a trainer for the Chicago Cubs and supervisor for the Buffalo Bisons of the foreign League, Indianapolis Indians of the yankee organization and - going full-circle at the diamond - for the Brewers for the final 1/2 the 1940 season ahead of calling it a profession on the age of forty eight. In 1955, Schalk won enshrinement within the nationwide Baseball corridor of popularity & Museum via a vote by means of the Veteran's Committee. His . 253 profession batting general is the bottom for an inductee who used to be a place player.

Schalk's health and wellbeing was once declining precipitously by way of 1969 and the kin suffered a sad loss whilst Ray Jr. devoted suicide in February 1970. On might 19 of that yr, Schalk, seventy seven, died of issues because of melanoma of the esophagus.

"He used to be frequently the shortest guy at the box, yet Schalk was once the yardstick opposed to whom different catchers have been measured," Cooper writes.

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For example, a base runner on first base is forced to run to second when the batter hits a ground ball and runs to first base. If the ball reaches second base before the runner does, the runner is out. An out also can be recorded against an advancing base runner if a fielder catches a batted ball before it touches the ground. The batter who hit the ball is out—and the rules require the base runner to return to base before a fielder with the ball tags him or the base. If there are other runners trying to advance from other bases, the defensive team usually tries to put out the player nearest home plate.

Meanwhile, cities in the southern and western United States were growing rapidly. These emerging cities were eager to lure major league clubs with their large fan base and new stadiums. 53 Baseball and Its Greatest Players This photograph, taken on Sept. 24, 1957, shows a wistful-looking Walter “Smokey” Alston, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, at the team’s last game at Ebbets Field. The field was demolished in 1960. Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images The 1950s saw the first team relocations in more than half a century.

This agreement, dating from 1879, ensured the rights of each team to the services of its players. This meant that a team could prevent its players from seeking better pay from other teams. In the 1960s the Major League Baseball Players Association (a players’ union founded in 1953) began a campaign to remove the Reserve Clause. After several important court cases and a 13-day midseason strike in 1972, the union finally forced the owners to accept free agency. As free agents in the baseball market, players not under contract could sell their services to any team they liked.

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