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Schalk, Ray



  • Existence: August 12, 1892 - May 19, 1977

Biographical Information

Raymond William Schalk was born on August 12, 1892 to Herman and Sophia Schalk in Harvel, Illinois. He dropped out of high school after his second year to become a printer. After several years Schalk left printing and began playing professional baseball. He played catcher for a local baseball team and eventually worked his way up to play for the Milwaukee Brewer’s Association during the 1911 and 1912 seasons. His was scouted by the Chicago White Sox, who then hired him for the remainder of the 1912 season.

Schalk’s career with the White Sox lasted until 1928, and he spent the last two years as a player and manager. Over the next two decades, Schalk worked for the New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, Buffalo Bisons, and Milwaukee Brewer’s Association. In 1947 he became an assistant baseball coach at Purdue, where he remained until his retirement in 1965.

In recognition of his achievements as a player Schalk was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.


Stevens Brian. Ray Schalk. Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed February 3, 2019.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Ray W. Schalk collection of slides

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 66, Placement: 11
Identifier: MSP 298
Scope and Contents The Ray W. Schalk collection is comprised of slides from 1953. The slides document a Purdue-Notre Dame football game, a visit to Duke University, and include images of Mr. and Mrs. Schalk.
Dates: 1953