Sunday, August 12, 2012

August 12

1961 Fleer #136 - Ray Schalk

On this day in 1892, Hall of Fame catcher Ray Schalk was born.

Born in Harvel, Illinois, nineteen years after being incorporated into a village, Ray's original career saw him operating a linotype machine. When advancement in the printers trade proved difficult, Schalk began his career in baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1911. In 1912, the White Sox purchased his contract and Ray made his MLB debut on August 11, 1912, one day before his twentieth birthday.

Schalk was with the White Sox from 1912 until 1928. He also occupied the manager's role in 1927 and 1928. Ray set MLB catching records for putouts, and still holds the MLB career record for double plays with 217 and the AL career mark for assists. Schalk was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1955.

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