5.15.2010

1920 W514
Wally Schang

So they spelled his name wrong.

Schang is probably considered the best catcher during baseball's deadball era.  He hit .300 or better six times in a career that included three world championships.

His first title was with Philadelphia A's in 1913.

He moved on to play with Boston in 1918 where he completed the battery with a certain George Herman Ruth.

Yes, Ruth was a pitcher with the Red Sox before becoming the original home run king.

In Boston, Schang would help the Red Sox to a World Series championship in 1918.

He followed Ruth to New York after the 1920 season. Ruth was traded a year earlier by Boston owner Harry Frazee.

He won his final World Series title with the Yankees in 1923.

With those credentials, they could have at least spelled his name right.

2 comments:

Chris Stufflestreet said...

I can really identify with someone getting the name wrong.

And here I thought my W515-1 Schang was pretty rough, you're makes mine look a lot better. Thanks!

petethan said...

I love players like this, who were truly great but didn't get into the Hall of Fame. So they don't have 87 new insert and short print cards every year to pound their memory into our brains. Sweet piece of cardboard, this.