Joining the Chicago White Sox in 1912, Ray Schalk was the backstop for the South Siders for 17 years. Although he never excelled at the plate, he was a reliable defensive team leader. He led the league in games caught seven times, putouts nine times, and still holds the career record for double plays turned by a catcher. He also led in caught stealing percentage three times, including an incredible 71.8% in 1925. He helped his White Sox defeat the New York Giants in the 1917 World Series and was one of the players who remained clean of the stain of the Black Sox scandal two years later. Schalk is credited with inventing the idea of the catcher backing up corner infielders.
Schalk has the lowest batting average of any position player in the Hall of Fame.
November 23, 2010
Evergreen Park, IL