Born October 25, 1937 Charles “Chuck” Schilling was a second baseman for the Sox in the 60s. Schilling was not a big guy, standing at 5’11”, but then again the Sox currently have a pretty successful second baseman despite his diminutive stature don’t they?
Schilling graduated from Manhattan College and was drafted by the Sox and put in their farm system. He was thrown into AAA but broke into the MLB in 1961, the same year has his good friend Carl Yastrzemski. Known more for his glove than his bat, Schilling proved himself to be an excellent defender, earning a league-best .991 fielding percentage in his rookie year.
1961 would be his best year in fact as Schilling played 158 games, batting a career high .259 while cranking out five homers and driving in 62 runs. It was a decent showing and good enough for third in line to win the Rookie of the Year Award–not too shabby.
Unfortunately that is where the good times end; a wrist injury in 1962 cut 40 games out of his season and set him back at the plate, for the rest of his career Schilling wouldn’t be the same. By 1966 Schilling was delegated as a utility infielder but then was traded to Minnesota. Rather than be dropped to the minors he retired at the age of 27, playing just five seasons in the bigs. Check out his full stats here:
Schilling left the MLB with a career .239 average, 23 homers, and 470 hits–all for the Red Sox.
Schilling returned to Long Island as a math teacher and played competitive softball up until he was 69 years old.