George Scharein

November 21, 1914 is the birthday of George Scharein, infielder for Nashville during 1935 and 1936. His brother Art Scharein spent three seasons in the majors with the St. Louis Browns and 13 seasons in the minor leagues.

Playing for Beckley in the Middle Atlantic League at the beginning of 1935 where he was hitting only .217, the Vols recalled him in July. GeoScharein Nashville owned Scharein’s contract and had shipped him around from Durham, North Carolina (Piedmont League), Pine Bluff (East Dixie League) and Beckley. In 1933 Nashville manager Charlie Dressen had said that Scharein reminded him of major leaguer Ossie Bluege, an All Star infielder who spent years with the Washington Senators.

A slick shortstop, he was an instructor at Dressen’s baseball school in Decatur, Illinois in October (“Room and board $8 per week, Bats and Baseballs provided free”). Scharein was born in Decatur.

By July of 1936, Scharein’s batting average had improved to .309, and when the Vols Bill Rodda was moved to second base in 1936 after two seasons at shortstop, Scharein took his place.

Although he committed 26 errors, Scharein hit for a .288 average. On September 7th the New York Giants purchased Scharein and placed him on the 40-man roster.  He was to report to the major league club in the spring, but on December 8th Scharein was traded by the Giants with cash to the Philadelphia Phillies for Lou Chiozza.

He became the Phillies shortstop, a position he held for two years. Scharein remained with the Phillies until May 3, 1940 when he was sent to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made in March.  Schareirn became the proverbial “player to be named later” in a deal with the Yankees for Ham Schulte.

The former Nashville Vols player never played for the Yankees, as he was sent to the New York affiliate Newark in the International League for two seasons, then to Kansas City during 1942 and 1943.  Scharein joined the military and served with the Army’s 65th Infantry Division, then made a comeback in Kansas City in 1946 when he hit .303 but his next five years showed a decline in games played and average each season. He retired after the 1950 season.

Scharein passed away on December 23, 1981 at the age of 67.

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