Baseball in Wartime

Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

Click Here to Review Art Schallock's Stats on Baseball Almanac
“Where what happened yesterday is being preserved today.”


Art Schallock


Date and Place of Birth: April 25, 1924 Mill Valley, California
Baseball Experience: Major League
Radio Operator
Military Unit: US Navy

Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations

Art SchallockArthur L “Art” Schallock was born on April 25, 1924 in Mill Valley, California. An outstanding high school pitcher at Tamalpais High in Mill Valley, he hurled for the semi-pro San Mateo Blues during the summer of 1941 and 1942.

He was drafted into the Navy in 1943, and trained at "lovely downtown Farragut, Idaho" before departing for the Pacific. Schallock was a radio operator on the USS Coral Sea (CVE-57). The Coral Sea sailed for Hawaii in October 1943 and saw action the following month in support of American forces invading the Gilbert Islands.

Schallock had a “near miss” when a Japanese submarine launched torpedoes and sank the ship alongside the Coral Sea. In September 1944 – while in dry dock at San Diego - the Coral Sea was renamed the USS Anzio. Later that month the Anzio was back in the Pacific. Since there were too many crewmembers stationed in the radio room during combat, Schallock was stationed in the crow's nest as a lookout that included some pretty frightening moments during kamikaze attacks.

Schallock was discharged in 1946. He hadn’t played any baseball since entering service in 1943, but joined the Moffat Mantecas - a semi-pro team in San Francisco - winners of the Oakland Tribune Tournament. On September 7, 1946, he struck out 19 in a seven-inning game against the Mather Field Fliers.

Later that month, the Mantecas played the Signal Oilers of Santa Monica for the California semi-pro title. Schallock shutout the Oilers, 3-0, on three hits in the opening game of the best-of-three series, but they dropped both games in the following day's doubleheader to give the Oilers the title.

Schallock signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers for 1947. He spent spring training with the Montreal Royals of the International League but was optioned to the Pueblo Dodgers of the Western League, where he was 13-8 with a 3.61 ERA. In 1948, he joined the Montreal Royals as a relief pitcher and was with the pennant-winning Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1949 and 1950. Still with the Stars in 1951, Schallock was purchased by the New York Yankees in July and made his major league debut on the 16th. In 11 appearances for the season, he had a 3-1 record with the Yankees and 3.81 ERA. 

USS Anzio
USS Coral Sea (later Anzio) CVE-57

Schallock spent most of 1952 and 1953 with the Kansas City Blues of the American Association although he hurled two innings against the Dodgers in the 1953 World Series. In 1954, he was with the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League where he had a 12-4 record. In 1955, the Baltimore Orioles selected Schallock off waivers from the Yankees and pitched 30 games, mainly in relief.

At the age of 32, Schallock ended his playing days with the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League in 1956.

Thanks to Ken Sulik for help with this biography.

Created September 8, 2008.

Copyright © 2008 Gary Bedingfield (Baseball in Wartime). All Rights Reserved.