Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Researching Ray

I spent a good chunk of the weekend after Thanksgiving poring through old newspapers (via the Internet) to research the likely subject of my next book, the late Ray Schalk.

There was plenty to be found, including:
  • Appearances in two World Series, including the tainted 1919 (Black Sox) affair.
  • The tributes from some of the game's greats, including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and John McGraw, who rated Schalk the game's top catcher.
  • Catching a baseball dropped from the top of Tribune Tower.
  • His retirement activities as a college coach and bowling alley proprietor.
And more.

There is plenty of information available for a full biography of this Hall-of-Famer. Full speed ahead!

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