Frank Chance

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Frank Chance baseball card, 1909-11

Frank Leroy Chance (September 9, 1877 - September 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".

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 the first player ever ejected from a World Series game, doing so in Game 3 of the 1910 World Series.

Template:MLB HoF 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.

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. After a brief retirement, he returned to coach the Boston Red Sox in 1923 before retiring for good.

On his passing in 1924, he was interred in the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

Frank Chance was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.

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