Schalk, Ray

Raymond William Schalk
Born: August 12, 1892, Harvel, Illinois
Died: May 19, 1970, Chicago, Illinois
Played For: 
Chicago White Sox (1912-1928), New York Giants (1929)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1955

A symbol of toughness and durability, diminutive Ray Schalk was among the first players to consistently catch 100 games per season. A defensive star, he led the league in fielding percentage eight times and putouts nine times, retiring with Major League records for games caught, putouts and double plays. He was also a superb handler of pitchers and was the first to catch four no-hit games. Schalk was also one of the swiftest catchers in history, stealing 30 bases in 1916 and 24 in '14.

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Did You Know: 
that Ray Schalk's single-season record for most stolen bases by a catcher (30 in 1916) lasted 66 years until John Wathan (36) broke it in 1982?
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