Apr 3rd 2007, 11:54 am
Join Date: Nov 2006
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Player Bio April 3rd: Frank Change
I skipped yesterday, my bad, got caught up in opening day, and lack of slep caught up with me. I figured since Tinker & Ever's were covered, might as well hit the guy they were throwing to at first, Hall of Famer, Frank Chance.
Frank Leroy Chance
The Peerless Leader
Born: September 9, 1877, in Fresno, California
Died: September 15, 1924, in Los Angeles, California
Elected to Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee in 1946, Player
ML Debut: 4/29/1898
Primary Position: First Baseman
Bats: R Throws: R
Played For: Chicago Cubs (1898-1912), New York Yankees (1913-14)
Primary Team: Chicago Cubs
Managed: Chicago Cubs (1905-12), New York Yankees (1913-14), Boston Red Sox (1923)
Post-Season: 1906 World Series, 1907 World Series, 1908 World Series, 1910 World Series
Best known as the first baseman in the Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double play combination made famous in the 1910 poem by Franklin P. Adams of the “New York Evening Mail,” Chance was a skillful fielder and hitter; yet he earned special recognition as the Chicago Cubs' inspirational player-manager. He guided the Cubs' dynasty, winning four pennants in five years (1906-1910) to gain the nickname, "The Peerless Leader." The club's 116 victories in 1906 remain unmatched in major league history.
Born in Fresno, California, Chance began his career in 1898 with the Chicago Cubs and played irregularly until 1902. In 1903 he asserted himself with a .327 batting average, 67 stolen bases and 81 RBI in 441 at-bats. Chance was the first player ever ejected from a World Series game, doing so in Game 3 of the 1910 World Series.
He was part of the infield trio remembered in "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," a poem by newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams first published in 1910 and also known as "Tinker to Evers to Chance."
Chance took over as Chicago's manager in 1905, taking the helm of a very good team. Although his playing time decreased towards the end of the decade, as a manager he proved inspirational. The Cubs won the NL pennant in 1906, 1907, 1908 and 1910 and won the World Series in 1907 and 1908. He left the Cubs after the 1912 season to manage the New York Yankees, which he did for two seasons. After a brief retirement, he returned to coach the Boston Red Sox in 1923 before retiring for good. His nickname as a manager was "the Peerless Leader", and his lifetime record as a manager was 946-648.
On his death in 1924, he was interred in the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
"Chance was a born fighter, a determined, able, and magnetic leader of men, who could always inspire his men with extraordinary enthusiasm, get the best work out of them, and always hold their good will. As a field leader it is doubtful if his superior ever lived... he combined all the qualities of an ideal baseball general."
— New York Times, July 2, 1911
Did You Know... that Frank Chance became the first player ejected from a World Series game following his argument with future Hall of Fame umpire Tom Connolly in Game Three of the 1910 Fall Classic?
Frank Chance also has an official page, http://www.cmgww.com/baseball/chance/index.html
, though it is not as good as Cap Anson's...