Once upon a time there was a college professor who spoke seven languages and taught three, who also coached the football, basketball and baseball teams, and then goes on to become the  most prolific baseball scout in major-league history. It seems like a fairy tale, but is was all true. Charles “Pop” Kelschner was a longtime sports figure in the Lehigh Valley of Eastern Pennsylvania.   Kelchner attended Albright Preparatory School in Fredericksburg and then Lafayette College in Easton, where he participated in football, baseball, and track and earned bachelor of philosophy and master’s degrees.Upon graduation from Lafayette College, Kelchner began to teach languages at Albright College. He remained there for 21 years as a language instructor (Spanish, French, Latin) and served as coach and athletic director.  Kelchner served as  head coach of three sports at Albright College; football (1912-1918) , basketball (1900-1919) and baseball (1897-1918). In addition, Kelschner,  played minor league and independent baseball and also briefly played professional basketball. After he retired from coaching, Kelchner was a  scout for the St.Louis Cardinals for 40 years. Kelschner began his long full-time scouting career in 1912 with the St. Louis Browns, scouting for them till 1917. He moved over to the Cardinals in 1918, remaining there until his death in 1958. Kelchner  signed 86 major-league players, believed to be the most in history.


POP KELCHNER Height: Weight: College: Lafayette’96
Charles Schaeffer Kelchner Born: Aug 2, 1875 Died: Sep 19, 1958 Hometown: Fleetwood, Pa.
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1893-94 Schuylkill Seminary College
1894-95 Lafayette College
1895-96 Lafayette College
1905-06 Wildwood Indep
1906-97 Kane ISL
1907=08 Bridgeton Indep
1908-09 Greensburg CBL 4 5 0 10 2.5
1910-11 Clearfield BRL
Major League Totals 4 5 0 10 2.5


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