Tuesday, January 18, 2011

T206 Cubs: Frank Chance

Today's T206 Cub is the team's Peerless Leader, their first baseman and manager, Frank Chance. One of the big stars of the day, Chance had three different cards in the set.

Portrait, red background

Portrait, yellow background


Frank Chance played for the Cubs from 1898 - 1912 and was also manager from 1905 - 1912. During his eight years at the helm, his teams posted a .664 winning percentage, the highest by any Cubs manager. Chance also holds the single season record for most wins, 116, which was tied by Lou Piniella in Seattle in 2001. He was the first player (and second manager) to be ejected from a World Series game, getting the thumb in game 3 of the 1910 series.

As the team's first baseman, he was a part of the famous double play combo, Tinker to Evers to Chance. A speedster, Chance led the NL in steals in 1903 and 1906 and he is the Cubs all-time stolen base leader.

In 1946, Chance, along with Tinker and Evers, was elected to the Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was selected to the Cubs All-Century Team.

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