Although known to many baseball fans as the first baseman in F.P.Adams famous poem, “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon”, Frank Chance was actually a tough, no-nonsense type player and manager for 17 seasons with the Chicago Cubs (1898-1912) and later New York Yankees (1913-14). While playing in the “deadball” era, he hit only 20 homeruns during his career, but stole 403 bases and hit for a .296 batting average. He made his most significant mark as manager of the Cubs (1905-12), piloting them to National League pennants in 1906 and ’10, and World Series championships in 1907 & ‘08. He was nicknamed “The Peerless Leader” and his managerial winning pct. of .593 is still the highest in the franchises’ history. In 1906, Chicago’s record was 116-36, a mark that has not been topped since. He was elected to Cooperstown via the Committee on Baseball Veterans and inducted along with his poem mates Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers in 1946.
April 24, 2015
Los Angeles, CA