Ray Schalk: A Baseball Biography by Brian E. Cooper

By Brian E. Cooper

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 perhaps 2007, as chronicled through 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 suitable protective abilities in a occupation that spanned the useless Ball and full of life Ball eras. His trip at the base paths in significant League Baseball all started sooner or later sooner than his twentieth birthday and ended after 18 seasons with files in video games stuck, putouts and double performs, whereas prime the yank League 8 instances in fielding percent and 9 occasions in putouts. He used to be the 1st to trap 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 until eventually 1982.

In the 1st book-length biography of Schalk, Cooper weaves throughout the wonderful occupation as a participant, supervisor and trainer, with old antidotes and a wealth of pictures to offer a whole photo of his existence and occasions. Schalk can have simply carried "The typical" as a nickname; his first huge holiday happened on the age of 15 in 1908, while he was once a final minute alternative at catcher for a semi-pro membership in Litchfield, Illinois. He had no error 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 celebrity who may 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 was once batting .398 and had swiped thirteen bases by means of mid-July, however the league was once 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 was once dealt to the Chicago White Sox for $10,000 and avid 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 a hundred sixty five kilos, he used to be usually 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 used to be a key participant - batting .286 - in Chicago's American League pennant and global sequence victory in 1917. brilliant 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 different standpoint 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 anything used to be up; in spite of everything, he may well inform instantly while his pitchers neglected his indications and once they grooved the ball to Reds hitters."

Any lingering anger and frustration stayed contained in the center of the sincere big name. Cooper cites membership proprietor Charles A. Comiskey attempting to hinder the membership from being dismantled, whereas retaining his iconic attractiveness within the online game, and what occurred to greenback Weaver - receiving a life-time suspension simply because he didn't record 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 in regards to the scandal not just pissed off lovers and researchers, it diluted his prominence in baseball history."

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 hot York Giants. Schalk basically seemed in 23 video games from 1927-1929 and retired with 1,727 usual season protective appearances out of 1,762 video games played.

He stayed within the video game as a trainer for the Chicago Cubs and supervisor for the Buffalo Bisons of the overseas League, Indianapolis Indians of the yank organization and - going full-circle at the diamond - for the Brewers for the final 1/2 the 1940 season earlier than 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 by means of the Veteran's Committee. His .253 profession batting regular is the bottom for an inductee who used to be a place player.

Schalk's wellbeing and fitness was once declining precipitously via 1969 and the kinfolk suffered a sad loss while Ray Jr. devoted suicide in February 1970. On may well 19 of that 12 months, Schalk, seventy seven, died of issues because of melanoma of the esophagus.

"He was once frequently 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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Ray Schalk: A Baseball Biography

Who was once Ray Schalk?

"`I imagine he was once a ballplayer. From someplace round here,'" stated one softball participant to a customer at Ray Schalk box in Harvel, Illinois, in could 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 stronger protective 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 all started at some point sooner than his twentieth birthday and ended after 18 seasons with documents in video games stuck, putouts and double performs, whereas major the yank League 8 instances in fielding percent and 9 occasions in putouts. He was once the 1st to trap 4 no-hit contests and set a checklist for stolen bases in a season through a catcher (30) in 1916 that was once now not damaged till 1982.

In the 1st book-length biography of Schalk, Cooper weaves in the course of the lovely profession as a participant, supervisor and trainer, with historic antidotes and a wealth of images to give an entire photo of his existence and occasions. Schalk may have simply carried "The average" as a nickname; his first enormous holiday happened on the age of 15 in 1908, whilst 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 famous person who will be signed for round $2 a video game. He entered the professional video game at age 18 on might nine, 1911, with the category D Taylorville Christians within the Illinois-Missouri League. Schalk was once batting . 398 and had swiped thirteen bases by way of mid-July, however the league was once in monetary turmoil and Taylorville - to chop expenditures - published Schalk for $1,500 to the Milwaukee Brewers of the yank 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 labeled 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 used to be 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 global battle One gripped the kingdom, Schalk used to be a key participant - batting . 286 - in Chicago's American League pennant and international sequence victory in 1917. vibrant 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 different standpoint at the international sequence of 1919, whilst 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 anything used to be up; in any case, he might inform instantly whilst his pitchers neglected his signs and after they grooved the ball to Reds hitters. "

Any lingering anger and frustration stayed contained in the middle of the sincere big name. Cooper cites membership proprietor Charles A. Comiskey attempting to hinder the membership from being dismantled, whereas keeping his iconic acceptance 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 death day (Schalk) refused to inform what he knew in regards to the scandal not just annoyed enthusiasts and researchers, it diluted his prominence in baseball historical past. "

By 1924, lingering accidents made Schalk a battered veteran at age 32. A 1927 picture 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 basically seemed in 23 video games from 1927-1929 and retired with 1,727 common season protective 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 sooner than calling it a occupation on the age of forty eight. In 1955, Schalk received enshrinement within the nationwide Baseball corridor of repute & Museum via a vote via the Veteran's Committee. His . 253 occupation batting regular is the bottom for an inductee who was once a place player.

Schalk's health and wellbeing was once declining precipitously by means of 1969 and the family members suffered a sad loss while Ray Jr. dedicated suicide in February 1970. On could 19 of that 12 months, Schalk, seventy seven, died of problems brought on by melanoma of the esophagus.

"He used to be often 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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19 Three months after that Cobb episode, in mid–August 1912, Callahan’s team was well-stocked with catchers. Two days before they acquired Schalk — and sent one of their back-up catchers, Bruno Block, to Milwaukee in the deal — Comiskey bought 27-year-old backstop Ted Easterly from Cleveland. Chicago’s regular catcher in 1912 was Walt “Red” Kuhn, a rookie who appeared in half the Sox games that season. , a one-time Sox star and manager (1909) in his last season of regular service. )20 Schalk’s second big-league start, in Washington, featured a celebrity spectator.

The Giants also featured the World’s Greatest Athlete, Thorpe, who crushed the field to win the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. (A Native American of the Fox and Sac tribe, Thorpe was stripped of his titles due to a professionalism charge. Decades later, Olympic officials restored Thorpe’s medals posthumously). The Giants’ opponents, the White Sox, finished only in the middle of the pack in the 1913 American League race (78–74), but they and the Giants hailed from the United States’ two largest cities at the time.

Two days before they acquired Schalk — and sent one of their back-up catchers, Bruno Block, to Milwaukee in the deal — Comiskey bought 27-year-old backstop Ted Easterly from Cleveland. Chicago’s regular catcher in 1912 was Walt “Red” Kuhn, a rookie who appeared in half the Sox games that season. , a one-time Sox star and manager (1909) in his last season of regular service. )20 Schalk’s second big-league start, in Washington, featured a celebrity spectator. President William Howard Taft entered Griffith Park shortly after the game began.

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