Wednesday, September 6, 2017

RIP - Paul Schaal

Paul Schaal, who played 3rd base for the Angels in the mid-1960s before becoming a member of the expansion Kansas City Royals in 1969, passed away on September 1, 2017 at age 74.

Schaal became the Angels' everyday 3rd baseman as a rookie in 1965, and remained there through the 1968 season (except for missing the 2nd half of the '67 and '68 seasons with injuries).

He was selected by the Royals prior to 1969, but missed the first half of that season, then was their regular 3rd baseman for the 2nd half, as well as all of 1970-73. (He started every game in 1971.)

With George Brett taking over in May 1974, Schaal returned to the Angels to complete his final season.

Kansas City Star obituary


RoyalsFan#10 said...

Sorry to hear of Paul Schaal's death. He was my favorite player in the early years of the Royals franchise (1969 - 1974) and was a very underrated third baseman. It had to take some courage for him to dig in at the plate after an extremely serious beaning in 1968 while with the Angels. Still ranks pretty high in many Royal hitting stats and numerous experts say if not for Brooks Robinson, he'd have won a few Gold Gloves in the mid sixties. RIP #10.

Jim from Downingtown said...

I sometimes wondered if that beaning (by a Red Sox pitcher) was payback for Tony Conigliaro's beaning the previous year.