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Frank Leroy Chance
(Husk or The Peerless Leader)

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1946

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Part of the famous Tinker to Evers to Chance double play combination, Frank Chance had one of the shortest playing careers of any Hall of Famer. However, he was quite prominent, partly because of his playing days, partly because of his exploits as a manager, partly because the Cubs of his time were a truly great team, partly because of the poem about Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Chance, and partly because of his role in the Merkle Bonehead Play.

Chance managed 11 seasons in the majors, winning nearly 60% of his games. His teams won the pennant four times and the World Series twice. He was called "The Peerless Leader".

As a player, he appeared in 17 seasons, although he had 100 games in a season only 6 times. His Adjusted OPS was 135, which puts him at # 102 on the all-time list (as of early 2007), tied with George Brett and Frank Baker, among others.

He led the league in stolen bases in 1903, on-base percentage in 1905, runs scored and stolen bases in 1906, and was among league leaders in other years. Although he never led the league in hit-by-pitch, he ranks #25 on the all-time list, finishing as high as #2 in the league twice.

None of the most similar players to Chance is in the Hall of Fame, but on the other hand none of the most similar players has an Adjusted OPS that is anywhere close to that of Chance (the closest is his contemporary John Titus, who had a 127 Adjusted OPS) as the similarity scores method does not account for era.

Following his playing days, Chance managed the Boston Red Sox in 1923. He was named the Chicago White Sox manager for the following season but developed severe pneumonia before he could take the helm. He submitted his resignation to owner Charles Comiskey, but Comiskey refused to accept it, giving him the opportunity to return to the team when his health improved. However, Chance never had a chance to manage the Sox. He underwent emergency surgery in April 1924 and passed away that September at age 47. Chance was the first of the famous trio to die.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL On-Base Percentage Leader (1905)
  • NL Runs Scored Leader (1906)
  • 2-time NL Stolen Bases Leader (1903 & 1906)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1906)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 2 (1903-1906)
  • Won two World Series with the Chicago Cubs (1907 & 1908)
  • NL Pennants: 4 (1906-1908 & 1910)
  • Managed two World Series Champions with the Chicago Cubs (1907 & 1908)
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 4 (1906, 1907, 1909 & 1910)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1946


Preceded by
Frank Selee
Chicago Cubs Manager
1905-1912
Succeeded by
Johnny Evers
Preceded by
Harry Wolverton
New York Yankees Manager
1913-1914
Succeeded by
Roger Peckinpaugh
Preceded by
Hugh Duffy
Boston Red Sox Manager
1923
Succeeded by
Lee Fohl

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1905 Chicago Cubs National League 55-33 3rd Chicago Cubs replaced Frank Selee (37-28) on July 1
1906 Chicago Cubs National League 116-36 1st Chicago Cubs Lost World Series
1907 Chicago Cubs National League 107-45 1st Chicago Cubs World Series Champs
1908 Chicago Cubs National League 99-55 1st Chicago Cubs World Series Champs
1909 Chicago Cubs National League 104-49 2nd Chicago Cubs
1910 Chicago Cubs National League 104-50 1st Chicago Cubs Lost World Series
1911 Chicago Cubs National League 92-62 2nd Chicago Cubs
1912 Chicago Cubs National League 91-59 3rd Chicago Cubs
1913 New York Yankees American League 57-94 7th New York Yankees
1914 New York Yankees American League 60-74 -- New York Yankees replaced by Roger Peckinpaugh on September 15
1916 Los Angeles Angels Pacific Coast League 119-79 1st none none League Champs
1917 Los Angeles Angels Pacific Coast League 43-44 -- none replaced by Red Killefer
1923 Boston Red Sox American League 61-91 8th Boston Red Sox

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