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212. Wally Schang
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 22, 1889 in South Wales, NY USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 09, 1913
  • Final Game: June 22, 1931
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1913
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1914
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1914
  • MVP - 1913
  • MVP - 1914
  • MVP - 1922
  • MVP - 1924
  • MVP - 1927
 
ABRHHRRBISBAVG
10614153830121181420242 0.284
 

Many baseball historians have painted Wally Schang as one of the better offensive Catchers of the deadball era.  In terms of his World Series Rings, you can argue that he is one of the most successful.

Schang won his first World Series as a rookie with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1913, and he would play there for the first five years of his career.  The Athletics dealt Schang to the Red Sox in 1918, where again, he was a World Series Champion in his first year with a Major League Team.  He batted over .300 for the BoSox in 1919 and 1920, but the Red Sox were in the middle of dismantling their team, and he was traded to the New York Yankees in 1921, where he again had two more .300 seasons, the second of which would see him win a World Series in 1922.  

Schang later played for the St. Louis Browns and the Detroit Tigers, and in addition to his excellent offense, he was also considered to be a very good defensive player.  He would also have five seasons where he received an MVP vote, and he secured a fourth ring in 1930 in a reserve role with the Athletics. 

While his 1,506 career Hits may not seem like a lot, for a Catcher of his time, it was a lot.  Throw in the lifetime Batting Averages of .284 and OBP of .393, and you have a special player.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: South Wales, New York, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Friday, 01 January 1937
  • Position: Catcher, Outfield
  • Played For: Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (4) (Philadelphia Athletics 1913 & 1930, Boston Red Sox 1918 & New York Yankees 1923) 
    Most Times Hit By Pitch (2) (AL) (1917 & 1929)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1913, 8th) & (AL: 1914, 10th)
    1 Top Ten Finish (bWAR for Position Players)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Home Runs)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Power-Speed #)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    79. Hit By Pitch: 107
    92. On Base Percentage: .393

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1948: 0.8%
    1950: 0.6%
    1956: 0.5%
    1958: 3.0%
    1960: 4.1%

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