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Frank M. Schulte (Wildfire)
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.
- Debut September 21, 1904
- Final Game September 2, 1918
- Born September 17, 1882 in Cochecton, NY USA
- Died October 2, 1949 in Oakland, CA USA
Wildfire Frank Schulte, who won the equivalent of the MVP award in 1911, was on the Chicago Cubs during their heyday. Schulte joined the team as a 21-year-old in 1904, when manager Frank Selee took them to a second-place finish. Through 1912, they were to win at least 90 games each year, going to the World Series in 1906-08 and 1910. Schulte was a right fielder during the heart of his career although he started out in left field and as a veteran often went back there.
In the 1908 World Series, the last one the Cubs have won through 2008, Schulte hit .389, one of the highest batting averages on the team. Ty Cobb hit .368 for the other team, the 1908 Detroit Tigers. Schulte hit third in the lineup in each game, while Sam Crawford hit third for the Tigers.
In 1911, while playing for the Chicago Cubs, Schulte became the first player to ever have at least 20 home runs, 20 stolen bases, 20 triples and 20 doubles in one season. This has only been done on a few other occasions. In 1957 Willie Mays accomplished the feat while playing for the New York Giants and in 2007, Curtis Granderson achieved it while playing for the Detroit Tigers, and Jimmy Rollins achieved it while playing for the Philadelphia Phillies.
After his major league days he played four more years in the minors. In 1919 he both played and managed at Binghamton.
- NL MVP (1911)
- NL Slugging Percentage Leader (1911)
- NL Total Bases Leader (1911)
- NL Triples Leader (1906)
- 2-time NL Home Runs Leader (1910 & 1911)
- NL RBI Leader (1911)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1911)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1911)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1911)
- Won two World Series with the Chicago Cubs (1907 & 1908)