Walter Henry "Wally" Schang
Catcher, Outfield, Third Base, Shortstop

5'10", 180 lbs., Batted Both, Threw Right
Born: August 22, 1889, South Wales, New York
Died: March 6, 1965, St. Louis, Missouri

Wally Schang was originally a shortstop, but moved behind the plate to replace his brother on a town team in Buffalo, New York. Less than two years later, he was with the Philadelphia Athletics. On September 8, 1916, Schang became the first major league player to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game. He finished the season with 7 home runs, third best in the American League.

Schang was traded to Boston in December 1917 along with Joe Bush and Amos Strunk. In his career, he played in six World Series: 1913 and 1914 (Philadelphia), 1918 (Boston) and 1921, 1922 and 1923 (Yankees). Schang was stocky and very strong; two of his off-season jobs were as a blacksmith and sewing covers on Pullman mattresses. His brother Robert Schang was a catcher for the Pirates, Giants and Cardinals (1914-15, 1927).

 

Batting
Year Ag Tm  Lg   G   AB    R    H  2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO    BA   OBP   SLG   TB  SH  HBP
1913 23 PHA AL  79  207   32   55  16  3   3   30   4     34  44  .266  .392  .415   86   2    9
1914 24 PHA AL 107  307   44   88  11  8   3   45   7  7  32  33  .287  .371  .404  124   7    9
1915 25 PHA AL 116  359   64   89   9 11   1   44  18  3  66  47  .248  .385  .343  123  12   14
1916 26 PHA AL 110  338   41   90  15  8   7   38  14     38  44  .266  .358  .420  142  13   10
1917 27 PHA AL 118  316   41   90  14  9   3   36   6     29  24  .285  .362  .415  131  12    9
1918 28 BOS AL  88  225   36   55   7  1   0   20   4     46  35  .244  .377  .284   64   9    2
1919 29 BOS AL 113  330   43  101  16  3   0   55  15     71  42  .306  .436  .373  123   7    5
1920 30 BOS AL 122  387   58  118  30  7   4   51   7  7  64  37  .305  .413  .450  174   8    7
1921 31 NYY AL 134  424   77  134  30  5   6   55   7  4  78  35  .316  .428  .453  192   6    5
1922 32 NYY AL 124  408   46  130  21  7   1   53  12  6  53  36  .319  .405  .412  168  23    6
1923 33 NYY AL  84  272   39   75   8  2   2   29   5  2  27  17  .276  .360  .342   93   7    9
1924 34 NYY AL 114  356   46  104  19  7   5   52   2  6  48  43  .292  .382  .427  152  13    4
1925 35 NYY AL  73  167   17   40   8  1   2   24   2  1  17   9  .240  .310  .335   56   7    0
1926 36 SLB AL 103  285   36   94  19  5   8   50   5  5  32  20  .330  .405  .516  147  11    4
1927 37 SLB AL  97  264   40   84  15  2   5   42   3  2  41  33  .318  .414  .447  118   4    2
1928 38 SLB AL  91  245   41   70  10  5   3   39   8  2  68  26  .286  .448  .404   99   8    4
1929 39 SLB AL  94  249   43   59  10  5   5   36   1  4  74  22  .237  .424  .378   94   4    7
1930 40 PHA AL  45   92   16   16   4  1   1    9   0  0  17  15  .174  .309  .272   25   6    1
1931 41 DET AL  30   76    9   14   2  0   0    2   1  0  14  11  .184  .311  .211   16   1    0
19 Seasons    1842 5307  769 1506 264 90  59  710 121 49 849 573  .284  .393  .401 2127 160  107
 
Fielding
Year Ag Tm  Lg Pos    G     PO    A    E   DP    FP   lgFP  RF   lgRF
1913 23 PHA AL   C   72    317   97   14    9  .967  .969  5.75  5.73
1914 24 PHA AL   C  100    498  154   30   11  .956  .968  6.52  5.81
1915 25 PHA AL  3B   43     64   81   18    9  .890  .928  3.37  3.03
                OF   41     66   12   13    2  .857  .959  1.90  2.01
                 C   26    110   46    9    1  .945  .965  6.00  5.46
1916 26 PHA AL  OF   61    130   10    5    0  .966  .963  2.30  2.06
                 C   36    136   67   14    6  .935  .974  5.64  5.21
1917 27 PHA AL   C   80    267  102   17   11  .956  .972  4.61  5.10
                3B   12     18   24    3    1  .933  .942  3.50  3.24
                OF    6      8    1    0    1 1.000  .968  1.50  2.18
1918 28 BOS AL   C   57    202   52   10    4  .962  .971  4.46  5.00
                OF   16     31    1    3    0  .914  .963  2.00  2.21
                3B    5      2    8    3    1  .769  .948  2.00  3.30
                SS    1      1    1    1    0  .667  .939  2.00  5.25
1919 29 BOS AL   C  103    359  131   14   15  .972  .975  4.76  5.03
1920 30 BOS AL   C   73    285   76   16    8  .958  .973  4.95  4.62
                OF   40     92    7    2    0  .980  .964  2.48  2.19
1921 31 NYY AL   C  132    500  101   19   13  .969  .973  4.55  4.45
1922 32 NYY AL   C  119    456  102   14   12  .976  .978  4.69  4.35
1923 33 NYY AL   C   81    292   60   11    6  .970  .975  4.35  4.24
1924 34 NYY AL   C  108    423   89   15    9  .972  .972  4.74  4.08
1925 35 NYY AL   C   58    172   55    6    8  .974  .978  3.91  3.84
1926 36 SLB AL   C   82    224   75   10    7  .968  .979  3.65  4.01
                OF    3      8    0    0    0 1.000  .967  2.67  2.28
1927 37 SLB AL   C   75    213   73    7   10  .976  .975  3.81  3.96
1928 38 SLB AL   C   82    263   46    5    5  .984  .977  3.77  4.04
1929 39 SLB AL   C   85    268   56    4    6  .988  .977  3.81  4.10
1930 40 PHA AL   C   36    126   18    4    2  .973  .984  4.00  4.26
1931 41 DET AL   C   30     91   20    4    6  .965  .982  3.70  4.39
Position Total   C 1435   5202 1420  223  149  .967  .974  4.61  4.58
                OF  167    335   31   23    3  .941  .963  2.19  2.10
                3B   60     84  113   24   11  .891  .932  3.28  3.09
                SS    1      1    1    1    0  .667  .939  2.00  5.30
Overall Total      1663   5622 1565  271  163  .964  .972  4.32  4.28
 
World Series Batting
Year  Tm   Opp   G  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO    BA   OBP   SLG  SB
1913  PHA  NYG   4  14  2  5  0  1  1   6  2  4  .357  .437  .714   0
1914  PHA  BSN   4  12  1  2  1  0  0   0  1  4  .167  .231  .250   0
1918  BOS  CHC   5   9  1  4  0  0  0   1  2  3  .444  .545  .444   1
1921  NYY  NYG   8  21  1  6  1  1  0   1  5  4  .286  .423  .429   0
1922  NYY  NYG   5  16  0  3  1  0  0   0  0  3  .187  .187  .250   0
1923  NYY  NYG   6  22  3  7  1  0  0   0  1  2  .318  .348  .364   0 
6 World Series  32  94  8 27  4  2  1   8 11 20  .287  .362  .404   1
Minor League Batting
       Tm         LG  POS  g    ab   r    h  2b  3b  hr  rbi   TB  sb  bb  so   ba    slg
1911 Buffalo Pullmans C/SS [local league, not part of organized baseball]
1912 Buffalo      IL   C  48   138  24   46   5  10   2        77   3  12  33  .333  .558
1918 Cramp Shipyards
1931 Chattanooga  SA   C  54   154  16   38   2   0   1   13   43   2  18  10  .247  .279
1932 Shreveport/
     Tyler        TL   C  23    42   1    9   1   0   0    4   10   0   3   7  .214  .238
1934 Joplin       WA   C  71   214  42   55  14   4   1   36   80   8  44  28  .257  .374
1935 Muskogee     WA   C  39    78  10   20   2   0   1    9   25   2  17  13  .256  .321
1939 Ottawa      CAL   C  44    98  14   32   8   0   1   10   43   4  26  19  .327  .439
1940 Three Rivers QP   C  10    14   6    4   1   0   0    0    5   0   9   3  .286  .357
1942 Owensboro KITTY  PH   7     4   0    2   0   0   0    1    2   0   3   0  .500  .500
TOTALS                   296   742 113  206  33  14   6   73  285  19 132 113  .278  .384

Minor Leagues: IL - International League; SA - Southern Association; TL - Texas League;
WA - Western Association; CAL - Canadian-American League; QP - Quebec Prv.; Kitty - ?.