Frank Chapman

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Frank H. Chapman

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Frank Chapman was long thought to have been, under the name Fred Chapman, the youngest player ever to appear in the major leagues. He played one game for the Philadelphia Athletics of the American Association in 1887. The information that was attached to his (wrong) name had him born in 1872, which would have made him 14 when he played his one season. The problem with that is that no contemporary record mentions him being particularly young. The reason is that the player who took part in the game was Frank, not Fred, Chapman, who was pitching for a club in Reading, PA.

The real Frank Chapman was a minor league pitcher who spent some time with the Kingston, NY club. He was originally from Newburgh, NY, where he died in 1937. Little else is known about him at this point.

Further Reading[edit]

  • "Joe Nuxhall's Record Is Safe", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, March/April 2009, pp. 2-3.
  • "Frank Chapman", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, September/October 2009, p. 1.

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