Wally Schang

Walter Henry (Wally) Schang (August 22, 1889 – March 6, 1965) was a catcher in Major League Baseball. From 1913 through 1931, he played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1913–17, 1930), Boston Red Sox (1918–20), New York Yankees (1921–25), St. Louis Browns (1926–29) and Detroit Tigers (1931). Schang was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. He was born in South Wales, New York.

Wally Schang
1922 American Caramel Wally Schang
Catcher
Born: August 22, 1889
South Wales, New York
Died: March 6, 1965 (aged 75)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 9, 1913, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
June 22, 1931, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average.284
Home runs59
Runs batted in710
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Career

Most baseball historians agree that Wally Schang was the greatest offensive catcher of the deadball (pre-1920) era. When Schang was not catching, his managers usually played him in center field, right, or at third base, in order to keep his bat in the lineup. Schang's defensive work was also regarded as outstanding, although he holds the American League career record for most errors by a catcher, with 223.

Schang was discovered by George Stallings in 1912, when he played in the sandlots of upstate New York for the Buffalo Pullmans. Schang started his major league career with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1913, who won the World Series in five games against the New York Giants and returned the next year, only to be swept by the 1914 Miracle Braves, who were managed by Schang's mentor, George Stallings.

After Connie Mack sold many of his players following the 1914 Series, Schang played for three last-place Athletics teams in 1915–1917, until being sold to the Boston Red Sox before the 1918 season. Schang was the regular catcher for that club, the last Red Sox team to win the title until 2004. Soon afterwards, Boston owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. Schang followed Ruth in 1921, becoming the first in the great string of Yankee catchers, including Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard and Thurman Munson.

Wally Schang Ossie Bluege and Firpo Marberry
Yankees catcher Wally Schang slides safely into third base. Senators' third baseman is Ossie Bluege and pitcher backing up play is Firpo Marberry.

Schang served as the Yankees' regular catcher for three straight American League pennants and was a member of the 1923 World Champion team. Three years later Schang moved again, this time to the St. Louis Browns, hitting a career-high .330 in his first season with St. Louis, as the team improved greatly, managing first-division finishes in 1928 and 1929. The following year, Schang returned to Philadelphia as a backup for Mickey Cochrane. The Athletics of 1930 were coming off a World Championship and repeated that year. It was the fourth title for Schang in his career, which ended the next season with the Detroit Tigers.

In a 19-season career, Schang hit a .284 batting average with 59 home runs and 710 RBI in 1,842 games played. In 32 World Series games, he hit .287 (27-for-94) with one home run and eight RBI's.

Following his major league career, Schang played for several seasons with Western Association and Canadian clubs, and then turned to managing in minor leagues. In 1945, he retired to a farm he operated at Dixon, Missouri, in the Ozark Mountains.

Schang died in St Louis at age 75.

Post-season appearances

Highlights

Trivia

  • In the early 20th century, when players with facial hair became a rarity in baseball, Wally Schang became the last major leaguer to sport a moustache, in 1914. After that, is reported that the first players to sport moustaches during the regular season were Dick Allen (St. Louis Cardinals) and Felipe Alou (Oakland Athletics), both in 1970.

References

  1. ^ Hill, David. "Athletics History: Wally Schang First Player to Homer from Both Sides". calltothepen.com. Retrieved 26 April 2019.

External links

1913 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1913 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing first in the American League with a record of 96 wins and 57 losses. The team then defeated the New York Giants in the 1913 World Series, 4 games to 1.

In 2001, baseball historian Bill James ranked the 1913 incarnation of the Athletics' famous "$100,000 infield" as the best of all time in major league history (first baseman Stuffy McInnis, second baseman Eddie Collins, third baseman Frank "Home Run" Baker, shortstop Jack Barry).

1913 World Series

In the 1913 World Series, the Philadelphia Athletics beat the New York Giants four games to one.

The A's pitching gave the edge to a closer-than-it-looked Series in 1913. Christy Mathewson lost his Series swan song in the final game to an old college rival and eventual fellow Baseball Hall of Fame member, Eddie Plank.

The Giants thus became the first National League team since the Chicago Cubs (1906–1908) to win three consecutive pennants. They were also the second club (following the Detroit Tigers 1907–1909) to lose three consecutive World Series; and remain the last to do so.

The Series itself was a face-off between two teams that later became crosstown rivals in Oakland and San Francisco. The Oakland A's won again in a four-game sweep in the 1989 World Series, famous for the earthquake that struck before Game 3, which is the last World Series victory for the A's.

1914 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1914 Philadelphia Athletics season was a season in American baseball. It involved the A's finishing first in the American League with a record of 99 wins and 53 losses. They went on to face the Boston Braves in the 1914 World Series, which they lost in four straight games.

After the season, Connie Mack sold his best players off to other teams due to his frustration with the Federal League. The A's would then post seven consecutive last place finishes in the American League and would not win another pennant until 1929.

1917 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1917 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 55 wins and 98 losses.

1918 Boston Red Sox season

The 1918 Boston Red Sox season was the eighteenth season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League (AL) with a record of 75 wins and 51 losses, in a season cut short due to World War I. The team then faced the National League (NL) champion Chicago Cubs in the 1918 World Series, which the Red Sox won in six games to capture the franchise's fifth World Series. This would be the last World Series championship for the Red Sox until 2004.

The Red Sox' pitching staff, led by Carl Mays and Bullet Joe Bush, allowed the fewest runs in the league. Babe Ruth was the fourth starter and also spent significant time in the outfield, as he was the best hitter on the team, leading the AL in home runs and slugging percentage.

1919 Boston Red Sox season

The 1919 Boston Red Sox season was the nineteenth season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished sixth in the American League (AL) with a record of 66 wins and 71 losses.

1921 New York Yankees season

The 1921 New York Yankees season was the 19th season for the Yankees in New York and their 21st overall. The team finished with a record of 98–55, winning their first pennant in franchise history, winning the American League by 4½ games over the previous year's champion, the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Miller Huggins. Their home games were played at the Polo Grounds.

1922 New York Yankees season

The 1922 New York Yankees season was the 20th season for the Yankees in New York and their 22nd overall. The team finished with a record of 94 wins and 60 losses, to win their second pennant in franchise history, by a single game over the St. Louis Browns. New York was managed by Miller Huggins. Their home games were played at the Polo Grounds.

In the 1922 World Series, the Yankees again lost to their landlords, the New York Giants, 4 games to none with one tied game. The final game of the Series was also the Yankees' final game as a tenant in the Polo Grounds. During the season, they had begun construction of their new home, Yankee Stadium, which would open in 1923.

1923 New York Yankees season

The 1923 New York Yankees season was the 23rd season for this American League franchise and its 21st season in New York. Manager Miller Huggins led the team to their third straight pennant with a 98–54 record, 16 games ahead of the second place Detroit Tigers. The Yankees moved into the now famous Yankee Stadium. In the 1923 World Series, they avenged their 1921 and 1922 losses by defeating the New York Giants in 6 games, 4 games to 2, and won their first World Series title.

1924 New York Yankees season

The 1924 New York Yankees season was the team's 22nd season in New York and its 24th overall. The team finished with a record of 89–63, finishing 2 games behind the Washington Senators. New York was managed by Miller Huggins. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium.

1926 St. Louis Browns season

The 1926 St. Louis Browns season involved the Browns finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 62 wins and 92 losses.

1927 St. Louis Browns season

The 1927 St. Louis Browns season involved the Browns finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 59 wins and 94 losses.

1930 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1930 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing first in the American League with a record of 102 wins and 52 losses. It was their second of three consecutive pennants. In the 1930 World Series, they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in six games. This was the A's final World Series championship in Philadelphia. They would next win the World Series 42 years later, in 1972, after they had moved to Oakland.

When playing the Cleveland Indians on July 25, the Athletics became the only team in Major League history to execute a triple steal twice in one game.

1960 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to Baseball Hall of Fame for 1960 followed a system established after the 1956 election. The Veterans Committee was meeting only in odd-numbered years (until 1962). The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and, same as in 1958, it elected no one. For the third and final time the induction ceremonies in Cooperstown were canceled because there was no one to induct. It was also the last time until 2013 that there were no living inductees (all three members of that induction class, all deceased, were voted in by the Veterans Committee).

Alton Biggs

Carlos Alton Biggs (April 14, 1912 – May 14, 1981) was a long-time minor league baseball infielder who spent seven seasons as a player-manager. Nicknamed Arky, he was born in Greenbrier, Arkansas, United States.

According to Baseball Reference Minors, he first played professionally in 1924 at the age of 15. He next played in 1934 and last played in 1951, at the age of 42. As a player, he collected over 2,300 hits while hitting approximately .286.He first managed the Augusta Tigers in 1941, replacing Ernie Jenkins partway through the season. He managed the Tigers again in 1942, being replaced by Wally Schang partway through that year. He next managed the Phoenix Senators in 1947 and 1948. In 1949, he returned to the Augusta Tigers, eventually begin replaced by Jim Pruett. He managed the Sumter Chicks in 1950, being replaced by Vance Carlson partway through the season. In 1951, he managed the Greenville Bucks, being replaced by Lawrence Bucynski partway through the year.

Bobby Schang

Robert Martin Schang (December 7, 1886 – August 29, 1966), born in Wales Center, New York, was a catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1914–15), New York Giants (1915) and St. Louis Cardinals (1927).

He was the brother of former Major League Baseball catcher Wally Schang.

In 3 seasons Schang played in 82 Games and had 186 At Bats, 14 Runs, 35 Hits, 7 Doubles, 4 Triples, 6 RBI, 3 Stolen Bases, 18 Walks, .188 Batting Average, .263 On-base percentage, .269 Slugging Percentage, 50 Total Bases and 8 Sacrifice Hits.

He died in Sacramento, California at the age of 79.

Richard Haley

Richard Timothy Haley (January 23, 1891 – October 8, 1973) was an American professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1915 through 1917 for the Boston Red Sox (1915–16) and Philadelphia Athletics (1916–17). He also had an extensive minor league baseball career, spanning 21 seasons from 1911 until 1931, both as a player and manager.

A native of Danbury, Iowa, Haley was signed by the Red Sox out of the Western Illinois University. Listed at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 180 lb, Haley batted and threw right-handed. Most of his playing time came with the A's, serving as their third catcher behind Billy Meyer and Val Picinich in 1916, then Wally Schang and Meyer in 1917.

In his major league career, Haley was a .248 hitter (53-for-214) with 17 runs and 15 RBI in 81 games, including eight doubles, one triple, and two stolen bases. He did not hit a home run. As a catcher, he appeared in 71 games and collected 263 outs and 96 assists while committing 11 errors for a .970 fielding percentage.

Haley died in Bradenton, Florida at age 82.

South Wales, New York

South Wales, New York is a hamlet in the towns of Aurora and Wales in Erie County, New York, United States.WGRZ's broadcast tower and in-house weather radar are based in the hamlet.

The Mustache Gang

The Mustache Gang, a term coined for the 1972 Oakland Athletic's baseball team, a team that broke the traditionally conservative baseball views by sporting mustaches. Prior to the 1970s there had only been two baseball players who had facial hair during the regular season: Stanley "Frenchy" Bordagaray of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who was then ordered to shave by his manager, and Wally Schang of the Philadelphia A's. This changed when the A's outfielder, Reggie Jackson, showed up to spring training with a fully grown mustache which would later be thought of as the catalyst that sparked the move away from the conservative baseball era. This move lead to the World Series final to be dubbed "Hairs vs. Squares", as the Oakland A's Mustache Gang faced off with the conservatively clean-shaven Cincinnati Reds.

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