Frank Chance

A photo of Frank Chance.

Frank Leroy Chance (September 9, 1877September 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". He was one of the fastest players to play 1st base and was regularly among the leaders in stolen bases.

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 placed at 1st base by Manager Frank Selee, who Chance succeeded during the 1905 season. 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 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." (Harry Steinfeldt was the 3rd baseman during the pennant years).

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 owned and managed the Los Angeles (Pacific Coast League) team in 1916-17. 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.

He died at age 48. He is interred in the Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, California. Chance was the 1st of the DP combination to die (1924. Johnny Evers died in 1947, and Joe Tinker died in 1948. Third-baseman Harry Steinfeldt had died in 1914.

Frank Chance was selected postumously to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946, along with Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers and 8 others. Induction ceremonies took plce in 1947.

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

See alsoEdit


  • The Editors of Total Baseball (2000). Baseball:The Biographical Encyclopedia. Sports Illustrated, pp. 191-192.


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Preceded by:
Honus Wagner
Art Devlin & Billy Maloney
National League Stolen Base Champion
1903 (with Jimmy Sheckard)
Succeeded by:
Honus Wagner
Honus Wagner
Preceded by:
Frank Selee
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by:
Johnny Evers
Preceded by:
Harry Wolverton
New York Yankees Manager
Succeeded by:
Roger Peckinpaugh
Preceded by:
Hugh Duffy
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by:
Lee Fohl

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