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Clay Schwartz #36 C

Height 6-0
Weight 215
Bats R
Throws R
Hometown Fond du Lac, WI
Highest Experience University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Clay Schwartz, A’s iron-man, rifle-armed catcher for 11 seasons and two championships has been inducted into the Sheboygan A’s Hall of Fame.

Schwartz, who played in 509 games, hit .288 with 99 doubles, 64 home runs and 289 runs batted in. He played critical roles in the 1997 and 2000 championship seasons.

He had pop in his bat, but also in his arm. Before hurting his arm in 2003, Schwartz recorded eight straight seasons of 20 or more assists from behind the plate.

Despite all his attributes, what he is truly remembered for is getting hit by pitches. After holding the NCAA record while at UW-Milwaukee, Schwartz was drilled 154 times, or nearly once every three games with the A’s. His license plate reads HBP and the contusions he collected helped him to a .418 career on base percentage.

Schwartz had many good years, but he enjoyed three particularly outstanding seasons. In 1996 he hit .355 with 16 extra base hits and 39 RBI; in 1999 he hit .344 with 22 extra base hits and 38 RBI, and in 1997 he hit .326 with 27 extra base hits and 41 RBI.

He was the A’s Most Valuable Player in 1999 and the club’s Most Valuable Defensive player six times. At one time or another he led the team in games played, plate appearances, home runs, slugging percentage, put outs, total chances, fielding percentage, and, of course, he was the perennial leader in hit by pitch.

Schwartz came to the A’s from Fond du Lac, via UW-Milwaukee. At Fond du Lac St. Mary Springs, he was all-conference in baseball, basketball and football; quarterbacked two state championship football teams, and was an all-state quarterback.

But it was his baseball ability that earned him his college scholarship at UW-Milwaukee. Schwartz finished his UW-M career with a .251 average with 17 home runs and 97 RBI in 487 at bats. His 68 career hit-by-pitches were an NCAA D-1 record when he graduated and is still a UW-M record.

Schwartz now resides in Oshkosh with his wife Andrea, children Logan, Tahlia and Cooper and operates a floor-covering business.

Career Hitting Stats

Year GP PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SO SF SH SB CS AVG OBP
2005 Season 11 39 30 3 5 1 0 1 1 7 2 12 0 0 1 0 0.167 0.359
2004 Season 35 127 102 23 30 9 0 4 24 14 10 16 0 1 2 0 0.294 0.425
2003 Season 56 215 166 33 51 14 0 5 31 30 18 32 0 1 2 0 0.307 0.460
2002 Season 56 215 174 33 51 9 0 4 30 28 8 38 5 0 0 0 0.293 0.405
2001 Season 50 185 148 17 35 8 0 3 21 19 15 39 2 1 6 0 0.236 0.373
2000 Season 51 186 145 36 38 7 0 7 24 17 22 31 2 0 7 0 0.262 0.414
1999 Season 56 213 160 48 55 16 0 6 38 29 23 27 1 0 9 0 0.344 0.502
1998 Season 46 172 132 33 37 6 0 8 22 22 15 26 2 1 4 1 0.280 0.430
1997 Season 53 209 172 53 56 11 1 14 41 13 22 27 2 0 4 0 0.326 0.435
1996 Season 45 166 141 36 50 6 0 10 39 13 11 21 1 1 4 6 0.355 0.446
1995 Season 50 183 164 24 34 11 0 2 18 11 8 33 0 0 1 0 0.207 0.290
TOTALS 509 1910 1534 64 442 98 1 64 289 203 154 302 15 5 40 7 0.288 0.418