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Frank Chance

First Baseman/Manager
Born: September 9, 1876(1876-09-09)
Fresno, California
Died: October 15, 1924 (aged 48)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 29, 1898 for the Chicago Orphans
Last MLB appearance
April 21, 1914 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average     .296
Stolen bases     401
Runs batted in     596

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards
  • World Series Champion: 1907, 1908
  • National League pennant: 1906, 1910
  • Managerial record: 946-648
  • 2-time National League stolen base leader
  • 4 seasons with a .300+ batting average
Member of the National
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Induction     1946
Election Method     Veteran's Committee

Frank Leroy Chance (September 9, 1876 – September 15, 1924) was a Major League Baseball player at the turn of the 20th century. Performing the roles of first baseman and manager, Chance led the Chicago Cubs to four National League championships in the span of five years (1906-1910) and earned the nickname "The Peerless Leader".

Chance was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.

Frank Chance slides safely back to first after a pickoff play during the 1906 World Series.
Frank Chance (right) of Chicago and John McGraw (left) of N.Y., 1911
Frank Chance as manager, 1913



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 against the Philadelphia Athletics.

He was part of the trio of infielders remembered for their double-play ability in "Tinker to Evers to Chance", also known as Baseball's Sad Lexicon," written by the twenty-eight-year old New York Evening Mail newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams in July 1910,[1].

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. He returned to his native California, and was manager of the Los Angeles Angels (Pacific Coast League) team in 1916-17, winning the league championship in 1916. He also was granted a part ownership in the Angels from the majority owner, John F. Powers. Powers and Chance remained good friends for the rest of his life. After a brief retirement, he returned to coach the Boston Red Sox in 1923 before retiring for good. His lifetime record as a manager was 946-648.

Later life

He died at age 48, and was interred in the Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, California. His death was greatly mourned, and his funeral received widespread publicity in Los Angeles and Chicago. Among his pallbearers were Barney Oldfield, noted race car driver and close friend, and good friend John Powers.

Career Hitting[2]
1,287 4,297 1,273 200 79 20 797 596 401 554 .296 .394 .394 .788

See also


  • The Editors of Total Baseball (2000). Baseball:The Biographical Encyclopedia. Sports Illustrated. pp. 191–192. ISBN 1-892129-34-5.  


  1. ^ Ashley, Sally (1986). F.P.A.: The Life and Times of Franklin P. Adams. Beaufort. p. 65.  
  2. ^

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