From his view at 3714 S. Halsted St., Schaller witnessed a city changing. Bridgeport was predominantly Irish and German, then it became Polish and Lithuanian, then Mexican and Chinese. He watched the mighty stockyards close, an idea once unfathomable. He watched his neighborhood become home base to nearly a century of Chicago's political machine: Edward Kelly, Martin Kennelly, Michael Bilandic and two Richard Daleys.
He watched his White Sox lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1959 World Series. And when Sox owner Bill Veeck sat in the bar shortly after, beer in hand, and told Schaller he'd purchased the contract of an outfielder from Cleveland named Minnie Minoso, Schaller responded wryly: "Are you sure you know what you're doing?"
Schaller was persona non grata to Veeck for a month.