Frank Leroy Chance was an American professional baseball player. A first baseman, Chance played in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees from 1898 through 1914. He also served as manager of the Cubs, Yankees, and Boston Red Sox. Discovered by the Cubs as he played semi-professional baseball while attending college, Chance debuted with the Cubs in 1898, serving as a part-time player. In 1903, Chance became the Cubs’ regular first baseman, and in 1905, he succeeded Frank Selee as the team’s manager. Chance led the Cubs to four National League championships in the span of five years and won the World Series in 1907 and 1908. With Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers, Chance formed a strong double play combination, which was immortalized as “Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance” in “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon”. Let go by the Cubs after the 1912 season, Chance signed with the Yankees, serving as a player–manager for two seasons.
About Frank Chance
Former major league first baseman and manager who hit .296 during his 17-year career. He played for the Chicago Cubs when they were the Orphans.
He was discovered by the Cubs while playing semi-pro baseball during college.
He earned the nickname Peerless Leader for his leadership qualities and held the best winning percentage for Cubs managers. He also went on to play for the New York Yankees from 1898 to 1914.
He married Edythe Pancake in 1903. His father was president of Fresno’s first national bank.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame, later joined by fellow Cubs great Andre Dawson.
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