Ray Schalk

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Birthdate8/12/1892
Death Date5/19/1970
Debut Year1912
Year of Induction1955
Teams White Sox
Position Catcher

The greatest defensive catcher of his era, the speedy and agile Ray Schalk was rewarded for his fine play with election into the Hall in 1955. 

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In the collection:

Ray Schalk signed letter from the Gerken collection

Ray Schalk signed letter from the Gerken collection

Pastor Erwin Gerken of Puyallup, Washington was a prolific autograph collector. Using his church letterhead, Gerken wrote to many athletes and esteemed people of his time. When Gerken died in 2007, his vast collection entered the market. Shown here is one piece from that collection, a letter to Ray
Ray Schalk handwritten return address

Ray Schalk handwritten return address

Autograph collectors often come up with some interesting keepsakes. Shown here is Ray Schalk’s return address filled out entirely in the catcher’s hand. After enjoying 17 years with the White Sox, Schalk stayed in Chicago until his death in 1970 at age 77. A member of the 1919 Black Sox,
Umpire Jocko Conlan names Ray Schalk as catcher on all-time White Sox team

Umpire Jocko Conlan names Ray Schalk as catcher on all-time White Sox team

Here Hall of Fame umpire Jocko Conlan lists his All Time White Sox team. Four Hall of Famers make the cut — pitcher Ted Lyons, catcher Ray Schalk, shortstop Luke Appling, and second baseman Eddie Collins. Interestingly three players associated with throwing the 1919

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