Thursday, February 26, 2009

Schalk's (lack of) offense analyzed

RAY SCHALK

Bain Collection, Library of Congress

The subject of my second biography, Ray Schalk, made the National Baseball Hall of Fame for his defense. He could move along a player with a bunt or a sacrifice, but he was never considered an offensive threat. Back in his day (MLB 1912-28) , catchers were looked upon much like pitchers -- on the field for their defense, and if they could help with the bat, so much the better. His career batting average of .253 is the lowest among all position players enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Anyway, I came across a blog post by a gentleman named Joe Dorish who analyzed Schalk's offense. Not much to write home about, but facts are facts.

Maybe the slightly built Schalk could have improved his average by using something smaller than a tree trunk for a bat.