Born: November 11, 1892, in Bronx, New York
Died: July 14, 1984, in Waterbury, Connecticut
An injury forced Al Schacht to move from the Washington Senators’ line-up to the team’s coaching squad in 1924, whereupon he created a unique “coaches box” comedy routine that became a major attendance attraction wherever the Senators played. By 1934, Schacht’s antics had become so popular he retired from coaching and took his comedy act fulltime to major and minor league ballparks throughout the baseball world.
After nearly 50 years as the sport’s goodwill ambassador,
earning himself the title “Clown Prince of Baseball”, his comedic performances included 27 World Series and 18 All Star Games. Between the late 1930s and mid-1950s, Schacht averaged 130 shows per year––as well as more than 300 wartime (WWII and Korea) appearances for soldiers/hospitals in Europe, the South Pacific and Korea.
Schacht earned 14 victories and two saves as a member of the Senator's 1919-1921 pitching staff, before suffering a career-ending knee injury during his third big league season.