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Ray Schalk

Raymond William Schalk (Cracker)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: August 12, 1892 in Harvel, IL
High School: Litchfield HS (Litchfield, IL) (All Transactions)
Debut: August 11, 1912 (Age 19.365)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1913 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Giants 1912-1929

Final Game: September 15, 1929 (Age 37.034)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Veteran's Committee as Player in 1955.
   View Ray Schalk Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: May 19, 1970 in Chicago, IL
Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 20, 2014 7:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #661. Dave Cash… #662. Tommie Agee… #663. Buck Freeman… #664. RAY SCHALK… #665. Adam Jones… #666. Tom Brown… #667. Tom Brunansky… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1912 19 CHW AL 23 73 63 7 18 2 0 0 8 2 0 3 3 .286 .357 .317 .675 96 20 4 3 2
1913 20 CHW AL 129 445 401 38 98 15 5 1 38 14 27 36 .244 .297 .314 .611 80 126 3 14 *2 MVP-20
1914 21 CHW AL 136 460 392 30 106 13 2 0 36 24 11 38 24 .270 .347 .314 .661 100 123 8 21 *2 MVP-6
1915 22 CHW AL 135 499 413 46 110 14 4 1 54 15 18 62 21 .266 .366 .327 .693 105 135 3 17 *2
1916 23 CHW AL 129 474 410 36 95 12 9 0 41 30 13 41 31 .232 .311 .305 .616 84 125 6 15 *2
1917 24 CHW AL 140 509 424 48 96 12 5 2 51 19 59 27 .226 .331 .292 .623 89 124 7 17 *2
1918 25 CHW AL 108 387 333 35 73 6 3 0 22 12 36 22 .219 .301 .255 .556 67 85 3 15 *2
1919 26 CHW AL 131 464 394 57 111 9 3 0 34 11 51 25 .282 .367 .320 .687 93 126 2 14 *2
1920 27 CHW AL 151 577 485 64 131 25 5 1 61 10 4 68 19 .270 .362 .348 .711 89 169 2 21 *2
1921 28 CHW AL 128 473 416 32 105 24 4 0 47 3 4 40 36 .252 .328 .329 .658 69 137 7 9 *2
1922 29 CHW AL 142 538 442 57 124 22 3 4 60 12 4 67 36 .281 .379 .371 .750 97 164 3 22 *2 MVP-3
1923 30 CHW AL 123 444 382 42 87 12 2 1 44 7 4 39 28 .228 .306 .277 .583 55 106 4 17 *2
1924 31 CHW AL 57 183 153 15 30 4 2 1 11 1 5 21 10 .196 .301 .268 .569 49 41 2 6 2
1925 32 CHW AL 125 417 343 44 94 18 1 0 52 11 5 57 27 .274 .382 .332 .714 86 114 3 14 *2 MVP-12
1926 33 CHW AL 82 261 226 26 60 9 1 0 32 5 1 27 11 .265 .349 .314 .663 76 71 2 8 2
1927 34 CHW AL 16 29 26 2 6 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 .231 .286 .308 .593 55 8 0 1 2
1928 35 CHW AL 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 431 1 0 0 /2
1929 36 NYG NL 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /2
18 Yrs 1762 6237 5306 579 1345 199 49 11 594 177 69 638 358 .253 .340 .316 .656 83 1675 59 214
162 Game Avg. 162 573 488 53 124 18 5 1 55 16 59 33 .253 .340 .316 .656 83 154 5 20
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
CHW (17 yrs) 1757 6235 5304 579 1345 199 49 11 594 177 69 638 357 .254 .340 .316 .656 83 1675 59 214
NYG (1 yr) 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0
AL (17 yrs) 1757 6235 5304 579 1345 199 49 11 594 177 69 638 357 .254 .340 .316 .656 83 1675 59 214
NL (1 yr) 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1912 19 CHW AL 23 73 0 1 0 -1 1 1 0.1 3 4 0.4 .506 .501 0.5 0.0 5 2
1913 20 CHW AL 129 445 -10 -1 0 4 7 1 0.1 17 18 1.8 .501 .501 1.4 1.3 14 *2 MVP-20
1914 21 CHW AL 136 460 2 3 0 4 8 16 1.8 17 33 3.7 .514 .512 3.4 1.3 29 *2 MVP-6
1915 22 CHW AL 135 499 5 -3 0 4 8 15 1.7 19 34 3.6 .513 .511 3.2 1.4 30 *2
1916 23 CHW AL 129 474 -7 2 0 6 8 9 1.1 18 27 2.9 .509 .507 2.2 1.6 21 *2
1917 24 CHW AL 140 509 -3 -0 0 4 8 8 1.0 19 27 3.0 .507 .506 2.5 1.4 23 *2
1918 25 CHW AL 108 387 -12 -0 0 2 5 -5 -0.6 15 10 1.0 .495 .497 0.8 0.9 8 *2
1919 26 CHW AL 131 464 -1 -1 0 2 6 6 0.7 17 23 2.5 .505 .504 2.2 1.0 21 *2
1920 27 CHW AL 151 577 -4 2 0 5 7 10 1.0 22 32 3.1 .507 .506 2.6 1.2 27 $10,000 *2
1921 28 CHW AL 128 473 -18 -0 0 4 5 -9 -0.9 18 8 0.9 .493 .494 0.4 0.9 4 $10,000 *2
1922 29 CHW AL 142 538 1 2 0 5 5 13 1.2 20 33 3.2 .509 .508 2.8 0.9 28 $10,000 *2 MVP-3
1923 30 CHW AL 123 444 -24 1 0 5 4 -14 -1.5 17 2 0.2 .488 .491 -0.3 0.8 -3 $15,000 *2
1924 31 CHW AL 57 183 -11 -2 0 0 2 -12 -1.1 7 -5 -0.4 .480 .493 -0.4 0.2 -5 $15,000 2
1925 32 CHW AL 125 417 -4 1 0 2 4 3 0.3 16 19 1.8 .502 .502 1.6 0.5 17 $15,000 *2 MVP-12
1926 33 CHW AL 82 261 -6 1 0 0 2 -3 -0.3 10 7 0.7 .496 .498 0.7 0.2 7 $15,000 2
1927 34 CHW AL 16 29 -2 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.0 .491 .499 -0.0 0.0 -0 $15,000 2
1928 35 CHW AL 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .564 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $25,000 /2
1929 36 NYG NL 5 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .488 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
18 Seasons 1762 6237 -94 6 0 46 80 39 4.5 235 273 28.5 .503 .503 23.6 13.7 227 $130,000
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
CHW (17 yrs) 1757 6235 -93 6 0 46 80 39 4.5 235 274 28.5 .503 .503 23.7 13.7 228 $130,000
NYG (1 yr) 5 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .488 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1917 ❍ 24 CHW AL WS NYG W 6 21 19 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 .263 .333 .263 .596 5 0 0 0
1919 26 CHW AL WS CIN L 8 28 23 1 7 0 0 0 2 1 4 2 .304 .429 .304 .733 7 1 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 14 49 42 2 12 0 0 0 2 2 6 3 .286 .388 .286 .673 12 1 0 0
2 WS 14 49 42 2 12 0 0 0 2 2 6 3 .286 .388 .286 .673 12 1 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1912 CHW AL 19 C 23 169 115 40 14 4 .917 6.74 .961 6.78 0 30 26 46% 42%
1913 CHW AL 20 C 125 768 599 154 15 18 .980 6.02 .967 6.56 15 129 110 46% 45% MVP-20
1914 CHW AL 21 C 125 120 105 817 613 183 21 20 .974 6.37 .967 6.69 12 122 121 50% 45% MVP-6
1915 CHW AL 22 C 134 132 117 827 655 159 13 8 .984 6.07 .965 6.46 12 78 89 53% 43%
1916 CHW AL 23 C 124 121 113 829 653 166 10 25 .988 6.60 .974 6.33 3 63 73 54% 43%
1917 CHW AL 24 C 139 137 126 787 624 148 15 18 .981 5.55 .971 5.71 8 85 101 54% 45%
1918 CHW AL 25 C 106 104 93 548 422 114 12 13 .978 5.06 .970 5.51 8 76 59 44% 44%
1919 CHW AL 26 C 129 129 109 694 551 130 13 11 .981 5.28 .974 5.57 4 67 71 51% 45%
1920 CHW AL 27 C 151 150 139 729 581 138 10 20 .986 4.76 .973 5.11 6 51 79 61% 48%
1921 CHW AL 28 C 126 126 106 591 453 129 9 20 .985 4.62 .971 4.89 11 60 58 49% 45%
1922 CHW AL 29 C 142 140 126 749 591 150 8 15 .989 5.22 .977 4.81 3 59 66 53% 43% MVP-3
1923 CHW AL 30 C 121 116 102 584 481 93 10 20 .983 4.74 .975 4.82 3 67 43 39% 45%
1924 CHW AL 31 C 56 48 40 241 176 55 10 8 .959 4.13 .972 4.61 5 27 27 50% 44%
1925 CHW AL 32 C 125 111 89 475 368 99 8 15 .983 3.74 .977 4.60 4 24 61 72% 45% MVP-12
1926 CHW AL 33 C 80 70 57 303 251 45 7 6 .977 3.70 .979 4.66 3 16 21 57% 43%
1927 CHW AL 34 C 15 9 3 32 24 8 0 1 1.000 2.13 .974 4.63 0 5 4 44% 39%
1928 CHW AL 35 C 1 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 4.00 .975 4.70 0 1 0 0% 41%
1929 NYG NL 36 C 5 1 0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 1.40 .974 4.34 0 0 0
18 Seasons C 1727 1515 1325 9154 7168 1811 175 222 .981 5.20 .972 5.51 97 960 1009 51% 44%
18 Seasons TOT 1727 1515 1325 9154 7168 1811 175 222 .981 5.20 .972 5.51 97 960 1009 51% 44%
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1936 BBWAA ( 1.8%)
1937 BBWAA (11.9%)
1938 BBWAA (17.2%)
1939 BBWAA (12.8%)
1942 BBWAA (22.7%)
1945 BBWAA (13.4%)
1946 Nominating Vote (17.8%)
1947 BBWAA (31.1%)
1948 BBWAA (18.2%)
1949 BBWAA (15.7%)
1949 Run Off ( 9.1%)
1950 BBWAA ( 9.5%)
1951 BBWAA (16.4%)
1952 BBWAA (18.8%)
1953 BBWAA (19.7%)
1954 BBWAA (21.4%)
1955 BBWAA (45.0%)
1955 Veterans (inducted)
Selected to HOF in 1955
by Veteran's Committee

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1913 AL (20, 5%)
1914 AL (6, 20%)
1922 AL (3, 41%)
1925 AL (12, 11%)
0.77 Career Shares (318th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1913 AL  1.3 (4th)
1914 AL  1.3 (8th)
1915 AL  1.4 (9th)
1916 AL  1.7 (5th)
1917 AL  1.4 (3rd)
1918 AL  0.9 (6th)
1919 AL  1.0 (8th)
1920 AL  1.2 (7th)
1921 AL  0.9 (7th)
1922 AL  0.9 (10th)
1923 AL  0.8 (10th)
Career  13.7 (126th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1920 AL  68 (10th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1916 AL  30 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1914 AL  8 (6th)
1916 AL  6 (9th)
1917 AL  7 (5th)
1921 AL  7 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
Career  214 (73rd)

AB per SO s c a p y
1914 AL  16.3 (9th)
1915 AL  19.7 (10th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1913 AL  125 (1st)
1914 AL  125 (1st)
1915 AL  134 (1st)
1916 AL  124 (2nd)
1917 AL  139 (1st)
1918 AL  106 (2nd)
1919 AL  129 (1st)
1920 AL  151 (1st)
1921 AL  126 (3rd)
1922 AL  142 (1st)
1923 AL  121 (4th)
1925 AL  125 (3rd)
Career  1,727 (17th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1913 AL  599 (1st)
1914 AL  613 (1st)
1915 AL  655 (1st)
1916 AL  653 (1st)
1917 AL  624 (1st)
1918 AL  422 (1st)
1919 AL  551 (1st)
1920 AL  581 (1st)
1921 AL  453 (4th)
1922 AL  591 (1st)
1923 AL  481 (3rd)
1925 AL  368 (4th)
Career  7,168 (42nd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1913 AL  154 (3rd)
1914 AL  183 (2nd)
1915 AL  159 (2nd)
1916 AL  166 (1st)
1917 AL  148 (3rd)
1918 AL  114 (4th)
1919 AL  130 (3rd)
1920 AL  138 (3rd)
1921 AL  129 (2nd)
1922 AL  150 (1st)
1923 AL  93 (4th)
1925 AL  99 (2nd)
Career  1,811 (2nd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1914 AL  21 (5th)
1917 AL  15 (4th)
1918 AL  12 (5th)
1919 AL  13 (5th)
1925 AL  8 (4th)
Career  175 (55th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1913 AL  18 (1st)
1914 AL  20 (2nd)
1916 AL  25 (2nd)
1917 AL  18 (2nd)
1918 AL  13 (3rd)
1919 AL  11 (5th)
1920 AL  20 (1st)
1921 AL  20 (1st)
1922 AL  15 (2nd)
1923 AL  20 (1st)
1925 AL  15 (2nd)
Career  222 (1st)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1913 AL  15 (2nd)
1915 AL  12 (2nd)
1918 AL  8 (4th)
1921 AL  11 (2nd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1913 AL  129 (2nd)
1914 AL  122 (4th)
1918 AL  76 (4th)
1919 AL  67 (5th)
1921 AL  60 (3rd)
1922 AL  59 (5th)
1923 AL  67 (4th)
Career  960 (41st)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1913 AL  110 (3rd)
1914 AL  121 (2nd)
1915 AL  89 (3rd)
1916 AL  73 (3rd)
1917 AL  101 (3rd)
1919 AL  71 (2nd)
1920 AL  79 (3rd)
1921 AL  58 (3rd)
1922 AL  66 (2nd)
1923 AL  43 (5th)
1925 AL  61 (1st)
Career  1,009 (9th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1914 AL  49.8 (3rd)
1915 AL  53.3 (1st)
1917 AL  54.3 (2nd)
1919 AL  51.4 (3rd)
1920 AL  60.8 (1st)
1922 AL  52.8 (3rd)
1924 AL  50.0 (3rd)
1925 AL  71.8 (1st)
1926 AL  56.8 (2nd)
Career  51.2 (8th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1914 AL  6.37 (4th)
1915 AL  6.07 (3rd)
1916 AL  6.60 (2nd)
1917 AL  5.55 (3rd)
1918 AL  5.06 (5th)
1921 AL  4.62 (4th)
1922 AL  5.22 (1st)
1923 AL  4.74 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1913 AL  .980 (2nd)
1914 AL  .974 (4th)
1915 AL  .984 (1st)
1916 AL  .988 (1st)
1917 AL  .981 (2nd)
1918 AL  .978 (3rd)
1919 AL  .981 (3rd)
1920 AL  .986 (1st)
1921 AL  .985 (1st)
1922 AL  .989 (1st)
1923 AL  .983 (3rd)
1925 AL  .983 (3rd)
1926 AL  .977 (4th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1903), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 56 (358), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 25 (491), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (39th), 28.5 career WAR/22.0 7yr-peak WAR/25.3 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1920 27 Chicago White Sox $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1921 28 Chicago White Sox $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1922 29 Chicago White Sox $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1923 30 Chicago White Sox $15,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1924 31 Chicago White Sox $15,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1925 32 Chicago White Sox $15,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1926 33 Chicago White Sox $15,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1927 34 Chicago White Sox $15,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1928 35 Chicago White Sox $25,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$130,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

Name Translations

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German: Ray Schalk Statistik
Japanese: レイ・シャーク 統計

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Name and misspellings: Raymond Cracker Ray William Schalk

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