Complimentary Banquet to Wallie Schang

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Complimentary Banquet to Wallie Schang

1913

This booklet measures 8 3/4" x 6" and has 9 pages. It was printed in two colors on Roycroft watermarked paper and is not listed in McKenna. Wallie Schang played baseball for the Buffalo Pullmans before he turned pro.

One of baseball's best catchers throughout most of his 18-year ML career, Schang played for top teams and caught most of the leading AL pitchers of his time, including Hall of Famers Herb Pennock, Eddie Plank, Chief Bender, Babe Ruth, Waite Hoyt, and Lefty Grove. A strong hitter (six seasons over .300) and good baserunner (one of the few catchers to steal more than 100 bases), his defensive work was also outstanding, although he holds the AL career record for most errors by a catcher, 218. When not catching, managers sometimes played him in the outfield or at third base to keep his bat in the lineup.
Schang broke in as a rookie with Connie Mack's champions of 1913-14. He was traded to the Red Sox in 1918 and helped them to a World Championship. He was the Yankees' regular catcher when they won their first three pennants in 1921-23. He was a reserve for the 1930 Athletics, his seventh pennant-winning team. He is the only player to be on three different World Championship clubs. On May 12, 1915, catching for the Athletics, he threw out six Browns runners attempting to steal; on the same date in 1920 he had eight assists for the Red Sox in a game against the Indians. Both feats are AL records. His older brother Bobby caught briefly in the NL before WWI.

Article above by Jack Kavanaugh.


Wallie Schang's professional baseball career went from 1913 - 1931 with the following teams:
Philadelphia Athletics 1913 -1917
Boston Red Sox 1918 - 1920
New York Yankees 1921 -1925
St. Louis Browns 1926 - 1929
Philadelphia Athletics 1930
Detroit Tigers 1931

My Friend, Wally Schang
Why Isn't He in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
by Skip Goforth (Dixon, MO)

    One of the greatest catchers of his time, Wally Schang spent his last years here in my little hometown of Dixon, Missouri, where I still live and work as a radio newsman. I am 53 now, and remember him well, but I kick myself for not asking him more questions when he was alive. My dad, Ralph Goforth was the young editor/publisher of the Dixon Pilot, the local weekly newspaper, and Wally was a mentor to dad, who played minor league for a season before the war called.
    My baseball career ended at age six when dad tossed me a fat knuckle ball and I fired it right through the plate glass picture window of our old white Victorian house on Oak street. He understood that my interest was rockets and space travel, but he still took me to Sportsman's Park in St. Louis from time to time to see Stan the Man belt 'em into the bleachers.(I remember his batting stance...like no other.)
    Anyway, Wally would drop by the printing office and chat with dad as he set type for the next issue of the newspaper. Wally was hyper and full of energy, balding, with a big toothy smile, and talked with a raspy voice in a short, gruff manor, much like the cartoon character Crime Dog. "I remember Ty Cobb" he would say...."Sonofabitch would sharpen his cleats so he could get me slidin' into Home!" He had a peck of stories about "The Babe", usually featuring drinking, hot dogs, train rides, and whore houses. Mom usually sent me to the drugstore for a milkshake when Wally talked about "The Babe".
    Wally liked to play golf, and he often pared up with the Methodist preacher, scorching the poor man's ears with fiery cussing that echoed against the green Ozark hills. Wally had the easy manner of a man who had no need to prove himself among others...he already had, long ago and far away' on the dusty fields of his youthful summers. He and his wife lived in a modest little house on the edge of the woods outside of town. Shortly after Wally died, someone broke into his house and stole all his baseball stuff from the old days, but by then Wally was already with his pals in the field of dreams, adjusting his face mask and hunkering down for a summer that never ends.
    We all think it is very sad and unfair that Wally Schang is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame. I hope they vote him in while I'm still alive.

May 12, 1915: A's part-time catcher Wally Schang nails an AL-record six would-be St. Louis base stealers in a 30 Browns victory. With Schang sidelined next month, three A's will again nail six against the White Sox on June 18th.

September 8, 1916: Switch-hitter Wally Schang of the A's hits home runs from both sides of the plate against the Yankees, the first major leaguer to do so. Only a handful of people see the rare feat on a rainy day. The next AL player to hits home runs from both sides will be Johnny Lucadello in 1940.

Wallie Schang Bio courtesy of Wickopedia

Most baseball historians agree that Wally Shang was the greatest offensive catcher of the World War I era. When Shang wasn't catching, his managers usually played him in the centerfield, right field or at third base, in order to keep his productive bat in theline-up. His defensive work was also outstanding, although he holds the American League career record for most errors by a catcher, with 218.

Shang was discovered by George Stallings in 1912, when he played in the sandlots of upstate New York for the Buffalo Pullmans. Shang started his major league career with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1913. Schang's Athletics were the best team in baseball his rookie year. They won the1913 World Series in five games against the New York Giants and returned the next year only to be swept by the 1914 Miracle Braves, which was managed by Shang's mentor, George Stallings.

But after Connie Mack sold his talented players looking for cash, Schang played for three last-place Athletics teams before finally 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 it all. Soon thereafter, Boston owner Harry Frazee earned his dubious fame in Boston sports history by selling Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. Schang followed Ruth in 1921, becoming the first in the great string of Yankees catchers that include names of Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard and Thurman Munson.

Schang served as the Yankees regular catcher for three straight American League pennants and was a member of the 1923 World Championship team. Three years later Schang moved again, this time to the awful St. Louis Browns. Nevertheless, he hit 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 WS title of 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 RBIs in 1842 games played. In 32 World Series appearances, he hit .287 (27-for-94) with one home run and eight RBI.

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

Schang died in St. Louis, Missouri at age 75.

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