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Gerard Anthony Schelle

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[edit] Biographical Information

Jim Schelle was a pitcher for six years (1936-1941), four in college (1936-1939); three in the minors (1939-1941) and a cup of coffee in the majors in 1939. Schelle broke into Organized Baseball at age 22 with the Federalsburg A's in the Eastern Shore League in 1939. As a beneficiary of Connie Mack's obsession with college pitchers, he was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 23, 1939, with the Philadelphia Athletics. He pitched one game for the Athletics, walking three, giving up one hit and retiring no one.

He returned to the minors with the Flint Gems in the Michigan State League (1940) and Saginaw in the Michigan State League (1940-1941), ending his baseball career at age 24.

In 1940, his best year in the minors, he was 12-6 with an ERA of 3.72. Overall in the minors, he was 20-20.

Schelle was a private in the U.S. Army during World War II (BN). He worked in sales and marketing for a number of firms including Chem-Tex and Madison Chemical Company of Boston, Peter Pan of New York, Maidenform, Playtex and Mona Lisa. Later he was a manufacturing representative for Scripto of Boston. He died at age 73 at South Shore Hospital in East Weymouth MA on May 4, 1990 and is buried at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA.

[edit] VA Hospital and National Cemetery Records

Schelle, Gerard A, b. 04/13/1917, d. 05/04/1990, US Army, PVT, Plot: 11 0 1923, bur. 05/08/1990 SCHELLE, GERARD A PVT US ARMY WORLD WAR II DATE OF BIRTH: 04/13/1917 DATE OF DEATH: 05/04/1990 BURIED AT: SECTION 11 SITE 1923 MASSACHUSETTS NATIONAL CEMETERY OFF CONNERY AVENUE BOURNE, MA 02532 (508) 563-7113

[edit] Sources

Principal sources for Jim Schelle include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN (none) (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.

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