La Verne Ashford Chappell
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 186 lb.
- Debut July 18, 1913
- Final Game April 25, 1917
- Born February 19, 1890 in McClusky, IL USA
- Died November 8, 1918 in San Francisco, CA USA
"In July 1918, while leading the Class AA Pacific Coast League with a .325 average, Chappell left the Bees to join the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco. Chappell contracted influenza and died there, at the age of 28." - from an article at MLB.com called 'MLB Stars Who Earned Their Stripes', May 29, 1916
On February 14, 1916, Chappell was sent to the Cleveland Indians as the player to be named later to complete a trade that originally occurred August 21, 1915. In all, the Indians received Chappell, Braggo Roth, Ed Klepfer and $31,500. The White Sox received Shoeless Joe Jackson. Chappell was the most expensive of the players sent to the Indians – he was an $18,000 bonus player.
He died at age 28 in an army camp from the flu that was ravaging the country at the time. He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, IL.
He is not to be confused with a contemporary of a similar name, Bill Chappelle.