Ray Schalk Stats

Ray Schalk was born on Friday, August 12, 1892, in Harvel, Illinois. Schalk was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 11, 1912, with the Chicago White Sox. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ray Schalk baseball stats page.

"(Ray) Schalk is unquestionably the hardest working catcher in baseball as he is doubtless also the brainiest, the nerviest, the most competent. He presents the unique distinction of performing more work than any other catcher and at the same time performing it better. Both in quantity and in quality of service Ray Schalk is unquestionably the premier backstop in baseball." - John C. Ward in Baseball Magazine (1920, SABR Baseball Biography Project, "Ray Schalk", Source )
Ray Schalk

Ray Schalk Autograph on a 1961 Fleer Baseball Card (#136)
Ray Schalk Autograph on a 1961 Fleer Baseball Card (#136)

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Birth Name:
Raymond William Schalk
Nickname:
The Cracker
Born On:
08-12-1892  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Harvel, Illinois
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-19-1970 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Chicago, Illinois
Cemetery:
Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Illinois Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Litchfield High School (Litchfield, IL)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-09
Player Weight Chart Weight:
165
First Game:
08-11-1912 (Age 19)
Last Game:
09-15-1929
Draft:
Not Applicable
Ray Schalk

Ray Schalk Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Ray Schalk

Ray Schalk Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1912 20 White Sox 23 63 7 18 2 0 0 0 8 3 - - 3 - 4 - .286 .357 .317
1913 21 White Sox 129 401 38 98 15 5 1 0 38 27 - 36 14 - 3 - .244 .297 .314
1914 22 White Sox 136 392 30 106 13 2 0 0 36 38 - 24 21 - 8 - .270 .347 .314
1915 23 White Sox 135 413 46 110 14 4 1 0 54 62 - 21 17 - 3 - .266 .366 .327
1916 24 White Sox 129 410 36 95 12 9 0 0 41 41 - 31 15 - 6 - .232 .311 .305
1917 25 White Sox 140 424 48 96 12 5 2 0 51 59 - 27 17 - 7 - .226 .331 .292
1918 26 White Sox 108 333 35 73 6 3 0 0 22 36 - 22 15 - 3 - .219 .301 .255
1919 27 White Sox 131 394 57 111 9 3 0 0 34 51 - 25 14 - 2 - .282 .367 .320
1920 28 White Sox 151 485 64 131 25 5 1 0 61 68 - 19 21 - 2 - .270 .362 .348
1921 29 White Sox 128 416 32 105 24 4 0 0 47 40 - 36 9 - 7 - .252 .328 .329
1922 30 White Sox 142 442 57 124 22 3 4 0 60 67 - 36 22 - 3 - .281 .379 .371
1923 31 White Sox 123 382 42 87 12 2 1 0 44 39 - 28 17 - 4 - .228 .306 .277
1924 32 White Sox 57 153 15 30 4 2 1 0 11 21 - 10 6 - 2 - .196 .301 .268
1925 33 White Sox 125 343 44 94 18 1 0 0 52 57 - 27 14 - 3 - .274 .382 .332
1926 34 White Sox 82 226 26 60 9 1 0 0 32 27 - 11 8 - 2 - .265 .349 .314
1927 35 White Sox 16 26 2 6 2 0 0 0 2 2 - 1 1 - 0 - .231 .286 .308
1928 36 White Sox 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 1.000 1.000 1.000
1929 37 Giants 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 - 0 - .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
18 Years 1,762 5,306 579 1,345 199 49 11 0 594 638 - 355 214 - 59 - .253 .340 .316
Ray Schalk

Ray Schalk Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1912 White Sox C 23 - - 169 7.3 155 115 40 14 4 0 - - .917 0.00
1913 White Sox C 125 - - 768 6.1 753 599 154 15 18 15 15 - .980 0.00
1914 White Sox C 125 - - 817 6.5 796 613 183 21 20 12 12 - .974 0.00
1915 White Sox C 134 13 351 827 6.2 814 655 159 13 8 12 0 12 .984 62.62
1916 White Sox C 124 121 93 829 6.7 819 653 166 10 25 3 0 3 .988 237.77
1917 White Sox C 139 13 378 787 5.7 772 624 148 15 18 8 0 8 .981 55.14
1918 White Sox C 106 104 2,558 548 5.2 536 422 114 12 15 8 67 0 .978 5.66
1919 White Sox C 129 12 327 694 5.4 681 551 130 13 14 4 0 4 .981 56.23
1920 White Sox C 151 15 417 729 4.8 719 581 138 10 19 6 0 6 .986 46.55
1921 White Sox C 126 126 2,837 591 4.7 582 453 129 9 19 11 47 51 .985 5.54
1922 White Sox C 142 14 378 749 5.3 741 591 150 8 16 3 50 3 .989 52.93
1923 White Sox C 121 116 2,765 584 4.8 574 481 93 10 20 3 58 41 .983 5.61
1924 White Sox C 56 48 1,076 241 4.3 231 176 55 10 8 5 22 23 .959 5.80
1925 White Sox C 125 111 2,439 475 3.8 467 368 99 8 15 5 17 51 .983 5.17
1926 White Sox C 80 70 1,552 303 3.8 296 251 45 7 6 3 13 17 .977 5.15
1927 White Sox C 15 9 191 32 2.1 32 24 8 0 1 0 4 5 1.000 4.52
1928 White Sox C 1 1 - 4 4.0 4 4 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.000 0.00
1929 Giants C 5 1 - 7 1.4 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 0.00
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
C Totals 1,727 774 15,362 9,154 5.3 8,979 7,168 1,811 175 226 98 305 224 .981 15.78
18 Years 1,727 774 15,362 9,154 5.3 8,979 7,168 1,811 175 226 98 305 224 .981 15.78
Ray Schalk

Ray Schalk Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1912 White Sox 2 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 7.9 - - -
1913 White Sox 14 - - 0 0 n/a 401.0 11.1 10.6 - - -
1914 White Sox 24 11 .686 0 0 n/a 0.0 16.3 10.9 - - -
1915 White Sox 15 18 .455 0 0 n/a 413.0 19.7 7.6 - - -
1916 White Sox 30 13 .698 0 0 n/a 0.0 13.2 10.0 - - -
1917 White Sox 19 - - 0 0 n/a 212.0 15.7 8.3 - - -
1918 White Sox 12 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 15.1 15.1 - - -
1919 White Sox 11 - - 2 0 n/a 0.0 15.8 11.6 - - -
1920 White Sox 10 4 .714 0 0 n/a 485.0 25.5 8.0 - - -
1921 White Sox 3 4 .429 2 0 n/a 0.0 11.6 8.9 - - -
1922 White Sox 12 4 .750 0 0 n/a 110.5 12.3 7.4 - - -
1923 White Sox 7 4 .636 2 0 n/a 382.0 13.6 8.7 - - -
1924 White Sox 1 5 .167 1 0 n/a 153.0 15.3 13.9 - - -
1925 White Sox 11 5 .688 0 0 n/a 0.0 12.7 6.6 - - -
1926 White Sox 5 1 .833 2 0 n/a 0.0 20.5 7.1 - - -
1927 White Sox 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 26.0 13.0 - - -
1928 White Sox 1 0 1.000 1 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 1.0 - - -
1929 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
18 Years 177 69 .720 11 0 n/a 482.4 14.9 8.9 - - -
Ray Schalk

Ray Schalk Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1912 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1913 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1914 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1915 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1916 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1917 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1918 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a -
1919 Chicago White Sox n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1920 Chicago White Sox n/a $10,000.00 n/a -
1921 Chicago White Sox n/a $10,000.00 n/a -
1922 Chicago White Sox n/a $10,000.00 n/a -
1923 Chicago White Sox n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
1924 Chicago White Sox n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
1925 Chicago White Sox n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
1926 Chicago White Sox n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
1927 Chicago White Sox n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
1928 Chicago White Sox n/a $25,000.00 n/a -
1929 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a -


Ray Schalk was one of the most outstanding defensive catchers in baseball history, leading the league in putouts nine times, fielding percentage eight times, double plays four times and assists twice - while also setting the standard for durability, catching 100 or more games for eleven consecutive seasons! An excerpt from the Hall of Fame write-up:

Schalk pioneered aspects of the catcher’s position often taken for granted. An active part of the infield, he was believed to be the first catcher to back up throws to first base on ground outs or third base on throws from the outfield. He also recorded putouts at every base over the course of his career, even second base, and he led AL catchers in fielding percentage five times.

Ray Scahlk Hall of Fame Plaque
Ray Scahlk | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1955 ( HOF )
On April 30, 1922 , Ray Scahlk caught his third no-hitter, tying the American League record , set previously by Bill Carrigan . Val Picinich , Luke Sewell , Yogi Berra , and Jim Hegan each tied the mark after Schalk hung up his tools of ignorance. Do you know what backstop broke their record in 2008? [ Answer ] [ Most No Hitters Caught Record Book ]

Did you know that Ray Schalk is the only catcher in Major League history to turn more than two-hundred double plays during his career? Rounding out the top ten (double plays while catching) are: 2. Steve O'Neill (193 DP), Yogi Berra (175 DP), Gabby Hartnett (163 DP), Tony Pena (156 DP), Ivan Rodriguez (156 DP), Bob Boone (154 DP), Jimmie Wilson (153 DP), Wally Schang (149 DP), and Gary Carter (149 DP). [ Double Play Records by Catchers ]

Last-Modified: June 25, 2019 1:02 PM EST

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