‘Wonder Boy’ returns home

Former major leaguer talks about career in Gratz

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer •

ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo ‘Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib’ Former Major League ballplayer and Gratz native Carl Scheib poses with author Lawrence Knorr with a copy of Knorr’s book “Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib,” all about Scheib’s 11-year career in the major leagues. Scheib and Knorr were guests of the Gratz Historical Society for a July 7 program.

GRATZ – When Carl Scheib was 16 years of age, he left a small farm in Gratz to accomplish a dream of playing major league baseball.
Seventy-three years later, Scheib returned home to Gratz to talk about his career and his memories of his career during a meeting of the Gratz Historical Society.
Scheib’s return filled the Gratz Community gym with a good number of baseball fans and residents to hear about his career. Interest in his career is growing thanks to a new book entitled “Wonder Boy — The Story of Carl Scheib,” which was released on May 26 by Sunbury Press.
Press company owner and the author of the book, Lawrence Knorr, spoke about how publishing the story of Scheib’s life came about — almost by accident.
“We have a series of books called Keystone Tombstones about the stories of famous people buried in Pennsylvania. The authors discovered Carl Scheib from Gratz in the baseball record book and thought it would be a great thing to profile him,” Knorr said.
After doing some checking around, Knorr found out that Scheib was still alive and broke the news to the authors.

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