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Ray Schalk: A Baseball Biography

Who used to be Ray Schalk?

"`I imagine he used to be a ballplayer. From someplace round here,'" acknowledged one softball participant to a customer at Ray Schalk box in Harvel, Illinois, in may possibly 2007, as chronicled via 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 improved protective abilities in a occupation that spanned the lifeless Ball and vigorous Ball eras. His trip at the base paths in significant League Baseball started someday prior to his twentieth birthday and ended after 18 seasons with documents in video games stuck, putouts and double performs, whereas best the yank League 8 instances in fielding percent and 9 instances in putouts. He was once the 1st to seize 4 no-hit contests and set a checklist for stolen bases in a season by way of a catcher (30) in 1916 that used to be no longer damaged till 1982.

In the 1st book-length biography of Schalk, Cooper weaves in the course of the lovely occupation as a participant, supervisor and trainer, with historic antidotes and a wealth of photos to give a whole photo of his existence and instances. Schalk may have simply carried "The normal" as a nickname; his first vast holiday happened on the age of 15 in 1908, whilst he was once a final minute substitute at catcher for a semi-pro membership in Litchfield, Illinois. He had no blunders and tallied numerous 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 celebrity who might be signed for round $2 a video game. He entered the professional online game at age 18 on may well nine, 1911, with the category D Taylorville Christians within the Illinois-Missouri League. Schalk was once batting . 398 and had swiped thirteen bases via mid-July, however the league used to be in monetary turmoil and Taylorville - to chop bills - 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 used to be dealt to the Chicago White Sox for $10,000 and avid gamers. Schalk was once within the beginning lineup days later. "Until he entered Cooperstown, Schalk categorised the afternoon of his first major-league video 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 a hundred sixty five kilos, he used to be usually fallacious 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 country, Schalk was once a key participant - batting . 286 - in Chicago's American League pennant and global 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 special viewpoint at the global sequence of 1919, while teammates conspired with gamblers and deliberately misplaced to the Cincinnati Reds," Cooper writes. "Schalk used to be the 1st of the sincere avid gamers - the so-called fresh Sox - to understand whatever used to be up; finally, he might inform instantly while his pitchers missed his indications and once they grooved the ball to Reds hitters. "

Any lingering anger and frustration stayed contained in the middle of the sincere famous person. Cooper cites membership proprietor Charles A. Comiskey attempting to hinder the membership from being dismantled, whereas conserving his iconic attractiveness within the video game, and what occurred to dollar Weaver - receiving an entire life suspension simply because he didn't document the conferences he attended together with his Black Sox teammates - as significant the reason why Schalk maintained his personal code of silence.

"Even after the cover-up failed and Shoeless Joe Jackson and 7 others obtained lifetime suspensions, Schalk maintained his silence," Cooper writes. "That to his demise day (Schalk) refused to inform what he knew concerning the scandal not just annoyed fanatics and researchers, it diluted his prominence in baseball background. "

By 1924, lingering accidents made Schalk a battered veteran at age 32. A 1927 photo of his gnarled correct hand actually tells the tale of a participant who dons the armor of a catcher. A player-manager for Chicago in 1927 and 1928, he was once a trainer and participant (five video games) in 1929 for the recent York Giants. Schalk merely seemed in 23 video games from 1927-1929 and retired with 1,727 typical 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 received enshrinement within the nationwide Baseball corridor of status & Museum via a vote through the Veteran's Committee. His . 253 profession batting common is the bottom for an inductee who was once a place player.

Schalk's wellbeing and fitness used to be declining precipitously by way of 1969 and the relatives suffered a sad loss while Ray Jr. dedicated suicide in February 1970. On may well 19 of that yr, Schalk, seventy seven, died of problems brought on by melanoma of the esophagus.

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

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