Ray Schalk - 1915/16 M101-4 Sporting News

Raymond William Schalk (1892-1970) was a catcher for the Chicago White Sox from 1912-1928 and possessed an uncanny ability to handle his pitchers leading them to the lowest ERA in the American League three times (1913, 1916, 1917). Schalk was brilliant at calling pitches, but was considered one of the greatest defensive catchers of his era. Schalk was the first ever to catch four no-hitters. Unlike his backstopping contemporaries, Schalk was a small, agile defensive catcher who led the league eight time in fielding percentage and putouts nine times in his 18-year career. Schalk finished his offensive career with 1,345 hits and a .253 batting average, while also adding a .981 fielding percentage with 7,168 putouts and 1,022 would be base stealers caught stealing. Schalk was a member of two American League pennant winners (1917, 1919) and was a 1917 World Series champion. Schalk was exonerated of any wrong doing during the 1919 World Series “Black Sox Scandal” as he batted .304. The Veterans Committee elected Raymond William Schalk to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.

Condition Census (Explain)

  • Ray Schalk
  • Ray Schalk Blank Back
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM 7
2 EX-MT 6
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
4 VG-EX+ 4.5
5 VG-EX 4


Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
12/14/2015 $236 5 298 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LVIII Auction 03671686