By Dan Gutman
"You wanna be aware of who threw the quickest pitch ever?" Many baseball avid gamers declare that Satchel Paige was once the quickest pitcher within the heritage of the sport. Stosh and his trainer, turn Valentini, are on a challenge to determine. With radar gun in tow, they shuttle again to 1942 and watch Satch pitch to strength hitter Josh Gibson within the Negro League international sequence. They quickly research that every little thing approximately Satch is fast—whether it’s his speaking, using, or getaways. yet is he particularly the quickest pitcher who ever lived? This baseball card event is a whirlwind of pleasure, drama, and curveballs—starring one of many liveliest athletes within the video game!
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"`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 could 2007, as chronicled by way of baseball historian Brian E. Cooper in Ray Schalk: A Baseball Biography (August 2009; McFarland & corporation, Inc. , Publishers).
Schalk, a Harvel local, redefined the function of a catcher via more desirable shielding abilities 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 someday sooner than his twentieth birthday and ended after 18 seasons with files in video games stuck, putouts and double performs, whereas top the yankee League 8 occasions in fielding percent and 9 occasions in putouts. He used to be the 1st to trap 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 now not damaged till 1982.
In the 1st book-length biography of Schalk, Cooper weaves in the course of the beautiful profession as a participant, supervisor and trainer, with ancient antidotes and a wealth of images to give an entire photograph of his lifestyles and instances. Schalk can have simply carried "The normal" as a nickname; his first significant 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 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 superstar who will be signed for round $2 a video 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 via mid-July, however the league used to be in monetary turmoil and Taylorville - to chop charges - 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 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 frequently flawed 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 battle One gripped the country, Schalk used to be a key participant - batting . 286 - in Chicago's American League pennant and global sequence victory in 1917. vivid 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 viewpoint at the global sequence of 1919, whilst 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 was once up; in the end, he may possibly inform instantly whilst his pitchers neglected his indications 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 preserving his iconic recognition within the video game, and what occurred to greenback Weaver - receiving a life-time suspension simply because he didn't document the conferences he attended along 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 death day (Schalk) refused to inform what he knew in regards to the scandal not just pissed off 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 hot York Giants. Schalk purely seemed in 23 video games from 1927-1929 and retired with 1,727 commonplace season protecting 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 ahead of calling it a profession on the age of forty eight. In 1955, Schalk won enshrinement within the nationwide Baseball corridor of repute & Museum via a vote via the Veteran's Committee. His . 253 occupation batting ordinary is the bottom for an inductee who used to be a place player.
Schalk's health and wellbeing was once declining precipitously by means of 1969 and the family members suffered a sad loss whilst Ray Jr. dedicated suicide in February 1970. On may possibly 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 was once the yardstick opposed to whom different catchers have been measured," Cooper writes.
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He went to Google and started searching for stuff. ” I asked, a little surprised. ” Flip said. ” Flip began to search for “fastest pitcher” and stuff like that. For an old guy, he knew his way around a mouse and keyboard pretty well. “Listen to this quote,” he said, reading off the screen. ‘I know who’s the best pitcher I ever seen 29 DAN G UTMAN and it’s old Satchel Paige. ” I asked. ” I asked. ” I asked. “In the off-season, they used to play exhibition games against each other,” Flip told me.
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