Women have been playing baseball in the New York metropolitan area almost as long as baseball itself has been in existence. Shortly after the first professional men’s teams formed in the late 1860s, women began forming various recreational “base ball” clubs. Then in 1910, ballplayers Dan Whalen, Joe Manning, and Eddie Manning formed the New York Bloomer Girls, a team that was to have many successes in the […]
This ad from 10/13/1913 promotes an upcoming game featuring future Hall of Famer Chief Bender and battery mate Wally Schang against the Danforths on A. J. & G. Park.
Most baseball historians agree that Wally Schang was the greatest offensive catcher of the dead ball (pre-1920) era. When Schang wasn’t catching, his managers usually played him in center field, right, or at third base, in order to keep his bat in the lineup. His defensive work was also regarded as outstanding, although he holds the American League career record for most errors by a catcher, with 218