14. Frank Chance
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 9, 1876 in Fresno, CA USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 29, 1898
  • Final Game: April 21, 1914
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1909
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1910
 
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One third of the famed Cubs infield of Tinker to Evers to Chance, Frank Chance was the final cog of that triumvirate playing at First Base. 

Signed prior to the 1898 Season, Chance had a streak of four consecutive years where he batted over .300.  The First Baseman would also show a good batting eye, as he would finish in the top four in the NL in On-Base Percentage, including a top spot in 1905 where he had an exemplary .450 in that metric.  Chance would lead the National League in Stolen Bases twice (1903 & 1906), and for five straight years (1903-07), he was in the top seven in bWAR for Position Players.

As a Cub, he would bat .297 with an OBP of .394 with 402 Stolen Bases.

The Old Timers Committee would elect Chance to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Catcher, First Base, Outfield
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent before the 1898 Season
  • Departed: Selected off of waivers by the Cincinnati Reds 11/9/12.
  • Games Played: 1275
  • Notable Statistics: 795 Runs, 1,269 Hits, 200 Doubles, 79 Triples, 20 Home Runs, 590 Runs Batted In, 402 Stolen Bases, .297/.394/.395 Slash Line, 45.6 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1907 & 1908)

    Highest On-Base Percentage (1905)

    Most Stolen Bases (1903 & 1906)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a First Baseman (1907)
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