Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Schalk part of Faber exhibit


I had the privilege of attending Monday's private preview of the Tri-County County Historical Society's new and improved Red Faber exhibit.

The exhibit makes note of Ray Schalk's connection to Faber's connection and his life, noting that Cracker caught in more than half of Faber's games -- by far the most of any White Sox receiver. The caption under Schalk's photo also notes that he and Faber were lifelong friends and neighbors in Chicago.

The official opening of the exhibit is Wednesday (Independence Day) morning, after the parade in Cascade.

The exhibition room exceeded my expectations. It's organized well, features beautiful specially made display cases, memorabilia and dozens of photos provided by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. The instigator of the project was Lee Simon (at right in this photo), who, with Mary Lee Hostert (above) were extremely supportive of my Faber biography project.

Fans of baseball and local history should pay the museum a visit. Regular hours are on Sunday afternoons.