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Today in White Sox History: August 24

Ray Schalk and Ed Walsh play catch

Portrait of Ray Schalk Wearing Catchers Mask
Ray Schalk may have needed to steady himself on this day 111 years ago, as nearly two dozen baseballs were thrown down to him off of the Washington Monument.
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It was a noteworthy publicity stunt. With the White Sox in Washington, D.C., catcher Ray Schalk caught a ball tossed off of the top of the Washington Monument from pitcher Ed Walsh.

It took 23 tries before Schalk was able to grab the ball, traveling at well faster than 100 mph, into his glove. The ball fell 555 feet.