One of the first superstars of professional baseball, Cap Anson’s playing career spanned nearly three decades beginning in 1871. When he retired as a player in 1897 he was the career leader in Hits, Doubles and RBIs. He would remain the RBI king until 1933, over 35 years after he left the game, when his title was taken by Babe Ruth. One of the most influential individuals to ever take the field, many point to his unwillingness to play alongside black ballplayers as a motivating factor in the establishment of the color line, beginning with the expulsion of blacks from the International League in 1887.
Cap Anson is buried in the same Chicago-area cemetery as Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
November 23, 2010