Monday, August 13, 2007

Happy birthday, Ray

A belated observance: Sunday marked Ray Schalk's birthday. The late White Sox catcher would have been 115 years old.

Raymond "Cracker" Schalk was born Aug. 12, 1892, in the downstate Illinois community of Harvel (not to be confused, as some people do, with the Chicago suburb of Harvey). He died in 1970.

After recently receiving positive feedback on my intention to write a full biography on Schalk, I need to get cracking on "Cracker." Otherwise, it will be 115 years before the book is completed.

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