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Frank Chance from the Chronology
Jun 10, 1949 - Frank Frisch who began the season as coach of the Giants replaces Charlie Grimm as manager of the last-place Cubs. Frisch was the first choice of Grimm who goes into the front office as a vice president after tomorrow's games. According to Grimm "the Cubs have never had a fighting manager of the Frisch type for forty years. The last manager who'd compare with Frisch in my book is Frank Chance."
Apr 23, 1946 - The Permanent Committee of the Hall of Fame announces the selection of 11 old-time players to membership in the Hall of Fame. Eleven former players-Joe Tinker Johnny Evers Frank Chance Jess Burkett Tom McCarthy Rube Waddell Eddie Plank Ed Walsh Jack Chesbro Clark Griffith and Joe McGinnity-are named. The committee also reveales the names of 39 others-managers executives umpires and sportswriters-to the new "Honor Rolls of Baseball."
Nov 15, 1945 - The rules are revised for election of modern players to the Hall of Fame. A runoff election is formulated as a way to qualify more players for selection‚ but it fails to meet its objective as no one reaches the 75 percent requirement in the runoff. Frank Chance‚ Johnny Evers‚ Miller Huggins‚ and Ed Walsh come closest.
Oct 4, 1935 - In game 3 of the World Series AL umpire George Moriarty chases Chicago manager Charlie Grimm and SS Billy Jurges in the 3rd inning. After Chicago ties the game in the bottom of the 9th Detroit scores an unearned run to win in 11. Grimm is the first manager tossed since Frank Chance in 1910.
Feb 17, 1924 - Frank Chance signed as White Sox manager three months ago resigns because of illness. Coach Johnny Evers is named acting manager until Chance returns but the former Cubs star never recovers and dies on September 24 1924.
Oct 26, 1923 - Frank Chance signs to manage the White Sox replacing Kid Gleason but he will resign February 17 1924 because of illness. Coach Johnny Evers named acting manager will fill the job the entire season.
Sep 28, 1923 - Three weeks after both pitchers have thrown no-hitters versus the A's Sam Jones of the Yankees and Howard Ehmke (20-17) of the Red Sox clash. It is not Ehmke's day; he is routed after facing a AL record 16 batters in an 11-run 6th inning as manager Frank Chance declines to relieve his ace in mid-inning. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 24-4 with 30 hits in 55 at bats both AL records. Ruth is 5-for-6 with two doubles and his 28th HR Wally Schang adds 5 hits and Gehrig 4 hits including 3 doubles.
Sep 27, 1923 - Red Sox owner Bob Quinn announces that Frank Chance will not manage the team next year.
Jul 7, 1923 - Cleveland scores in every inning against the Red Sox but playing at home they don't bat in the 9th. It's hardly needed as they roll to a 27-3 win in a game known as "the Indian massacre." In their 8 innings they run up a then AL-record 27 runs including 13 in the 6th and tie the record when 9 players score 2 or more runs. Boston's Bill Piercy leaves the game with 2 outs in the 6th after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Tris Speaker. Reliever Lefty O'Doul comes on and faces 16 batters walking 6 and allowing 13 unearned runs before recording the final out. Bosox manager Frank Chance annoyed at O'Doul's off-field antics leaves Lefty on the mound O'Doul gives up the record-setting 13 unearned runs on 11 hits and 8 walks. The inning ends when 2B Riggs Stephenson is thrown out trying to steal 2B after the previous batter Joe Sewell had swiped 2B. O'Doul is relieved in the 7th in this his last season as a ML pitcher but he will return to the majors in 1928 as an OF. The Indians keep it up scoring 3 in the first inning of the 2nd game en route to a 8-5 win.
Sep 12, 1914 - Yankee SS Roger Peckinpaugh 23 is named to replace Frank Chance who resigns today effective through September 15. Peckinpaugh becomes the all-time youngest manager and the 7th in the club's 12-year existence. He will win 9 of 17 games and will manage next at Cleveland in 1928. The Yanks win today 2-1 over the A's with catcher Jeff "Big Ed" Sweeney going from goat to hero. When McInnis and Strunk attempt a double steal in the top of the 9th Sweeney heaves the ball into CF trying to throw to 2B and McInnis scores the tying run. Leading off in the bottom of the 9th against Chief Bender Sweeney cracks a homerun his only one of the year to give New York the win. Winning pitcher Ray Keating is warned by umpire Tommy Connally who discovers an emery board on the pitcher. In ten days the emery pitch will be banned and any violation will result in a $100 fine and a 30-day suspension.
Apr 14, 1914 - Before 22000 at the Polo Grounds the Yankees rock the World Champion Athletics 8-2 driving Joe Bush from the mound after two innings. With only one starter Roy Hartzell back from last year's opening lineup New York scores 4 in the first and would have scored another in the 2nd inning but Jeff Sweeney falls rounding 3B. When the burly catcher is helped to his feet by coach and manager Frank Chance he is declared out by Billy Evans: a new rule prohibits coaches from helping runners. Sweeney redeems himself when he and pitcher Marty McHale pull off a double steal. New York has seven steals including two by Sweeney and Fritz Maisel who steals 2B and 3B in the 4th inning. Maisel will swipe 74 bases on the year while Sweeney will pick up 19 tops for Yankee catchers.
May 31, 1913 - Accusing Hal Chase of playing below his capability Yankees manager Frank Chance sends him to the White Sox for light-hitting infielder Rollie Zeider and 1B Babe Borton. Borton hit .371 last year. Despite his uncertain character and questionable honesty Chase will be on the scene another 6 years. Zeider who set the AL rookie record for stolen bases in 1910 with 49 is suffering from foot problems. When Borton hits .133 in 39 games writer Mark Roth remarks "Hal Chase was traded to the White Sox for an onion and a bunion."
May 17, 1913 - In Chicago 35000+ jam temporarily enlarged Comiskey Park on "Frank Chance Day." The Yankee manager is presented with a giant horseshoe of flowers by Governor Dunne and Mayor Harrison gives him the keys to Chicago. Sox manager Callahan is given a small harp of green and white flowers. To the crowd's roar of approval Chance takes over 1B from Chase but bounces out his one turn at bat. The Sox beat the visitors 6-3 behind Reb Russell. The 35000 crowd kept down by the weather is short of the AL mark set by the Yankees (38281) and even short of the Comiskey mark of 36308.
Apr 10, 1913 - President Woodrow Wilson who receives a gold pass from Ban Johnson throws out the first ball at Washington's home opener at National Park. Under new manager Frank Chance New York is playing its first official game as Yankees. New York starter George McConnell 8-12 last year as a 35-year-old rookie allows just 6 hits but loses to Walter Johnson 2-1. Danny Moeller drives in both Nat runs with a single. After giving up an unearned run in the first Johnson begins a string of shutout innings that will reach a record 55 2/3 before the St. Louis Browns score in the 4th on May 14th. Johnson scatters 8 hits today including one by 1B Charlie Sterrett. Regular first sacker Hal Chase though left-handed fills in at second base for injured player/manager Frank Chance.
Oct 5, 1912 - Cubs manager Frank Chance sells his 10% share in the Cubs to the Harry Ackerland of Pittsburgh. The 100 shares ar worth $40000.
Sep 28, 1912 - Cubs manager Frank Chance is fired though his team is heading for a 91-59 record good for 3rd place.
Jul 1, 1911 - In a 3-0 Chicago win over the host Reds Cubs player-manager Frank Chance leaves the game suffering from a blood clot in the brain. Except for 11 brief appearances at 1B over the next 3 years his playing days are over.
Oct 22, 1910 - Frank Chance lines a 9th inning one-out triple to knot game 4 at 2-2. Jimmy Sheckard then singles in the 10th to give the Cubs the 3-2 win. Three Finger Brown in relief is the winner over Chief Bender who goes all the way.
Oct 20, 1910 - The A's dispose of Ed Reulbach in 2 innings then pin the loss on reliever Harry McIntire who lasts a third of a inning. Coombs coasts on one day's rest 12-5 and helps himself with 3 hits. Cubs manager Frank Chance becomes the first player ejected from a WS game when umpire Tom Connally chases him for protesting a Danny Murphy HR drive against a sign over the RF bleachers. Chance opines too loudly that it should be a ground-rule double.
Jul 8, 1907 - Bombarded by pop bottles in Brooklyn irate Cubs manager Frank Chance throws one back into the stands where it cuts a boy's leg. Chance is mobbed and leaves the park in an armored car with a police escort after the Cubs' 5-0 victory. Three Fingered Brown emerges with the shutout win.
Oct 12, 1906 - It's Brown's turn to throw a 2-hit shutout besting Altrock 1-0 and evening the Series. Frank Chance reaches base in the 7th on a Texas Leaguer that drops in front of the late-breaking Hahn and two (!) sacrifice bunts get him to 3B. Johnny Evers then lines a single for the only run.
Aug 7, 1906 - On McGraw's orders umpire Johnstone is refused admittance to the Polo Grounds and the ump standing outside the Polo Grounds forfeits the match to the Cubs. McGraw insists the game go on with a player from each team umpiring. McGraw picks reserve Sam Strang but Cubs manager Frank Chance refuses to go along pointing out the game has already been forfeited. Strang then forfeits the game to the Giants and Emslie the appointed ump from the Cubs then forfeits the game to the Cubs.
Apr 28, 1906 - It's the only time two managers steal home on the same day. Cubs pilot Frank Chance steals in the 9th to give Chicago a 1-0 win over the Reds and Fred Clarke matches it in the Pirates' 10-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Aug 24, 1905 - Chicago's Ed Reulbach defeats Philley starter Tully Sparks in a 20-inning 2-1 Colts marathon win over the Phils exactly 2 months after Big Ed topped the Cards by the same score in 18 innings. Frank Chance's single drives in Jack McCarthy with the winning run. The game ties the existing ML mark for the most innings played in a game. A high point in the game as recounted in Johnny Evers Touching Second is when OF Jimmy Slagle in the 18th shoves his hand in his back pocket to get a plug of chewing tobacco just as the batter cracks a long line drive. Slagle starts after the ball and discovers that he can't get his hand out of his pocket. He makes a leaping one-handed catch with his gloved hand then stops pulls the tobacco out bites off a piece and bows to the crowd.
Aug 1, 1905 - Cubs manager Frank Selee resigns and is replaced by Frank Chance who is elected manager in a narrow vote among the players. Selee suffering from tuberculosis had not been making road trips and Chance has been serving as road manager. Selee who fashioned the team that will dominate the second half of the decade retires to Colorado. The visiting Phillies overcome a 5-0 deficit to down Chicago 7-6 in 11 innings.
Jun 24, 1905 - Chicago Zephyrs rookie righthander Ed Reulbach wins an 18-inning marathon duel with the Cards' Jack Taylor 2-1 in St. Louis. First baseman Frank Chance has 27 putouts and 2 assists for Chicago. Three years ago Taylor went 19 innings against Pittsburgh.
Jul 21, 1904 - Mathewson picks up his 1st relief win of the season as the Giants clip the Cubs 4-3. Matty relieves McGinnity in the 6th as the Cubs score twice. In the 7th Frank Chance belts a game-tying inside-the-park homer but Roger Bresnahan retaliates with a 9th inning drive that gets by Jim Slagle for a homer. Jake Weimer takes the loss.
Jun 13, 1904 - At the Polo Grounds Chicago tops the Giants 3-2 as Three Fingered Brown outduels Christy Mathewson for the win. Frank Chance leads the Chicago offense by hitting for the cycle. The loss drops New York back into 2nd place one-half game behind Chicago.
May 30, 1904 - In an A.M.-P.M. doubleheader in Cincinnati the first-place Cubs take on the 3rd place Reds with just a few percentage points separating the team. The two split the holiday twin bill the Reds taking the opener 7-4 despite a 9th-inning grand slam by Davey Jones. The Reds then lose 5-2. Frank Chance of the Cubs is the real loser as he is hit 3 times by P Jack Harper of the Reds in the morning game. once reportedly losing consciousness when hit in the head. He continues to play and in the 2nd game he is hit once by Win Kellum giving him a record 4 hit by pitched balls for the day. Carl Lundgren loses the opener while the deliberate Bob Wicker takes the night cap. Historian Joe Dittmar notes that beginning in the 7th inning the Reds fans begin counting aloud "1 2 3 4. . . " when Wicker receives the ball. The Enquirer reports that the count would sometimes reach 15 before he would pitch.
Sep 1, 1902 - In today's split with the Phillies Tinker Evers and Chance appear together in the Chicago Cubs lineup for the first time but not in the positions that will earn them immortality. Johnny Evers a New York State League rookie starts at SS with Joe Tinker at 3B Frank Chance at 1B and veteran Bobby Lowe at 2B. Philadelphia takes the opener 11-3 behind White while Chicago is victorious in the nitecap 6-1 behind Jack Taylor's pitching.
Apr 29, 1898 - Frank Chance makes his 1st appearance as Chicago whips visiting Louisville 16-2. Chance comes in as catcher in the 8th inning and is allegedly ordered by P Clark Griffith to drop a foul pop fly because the pitcher has a fear of shutouts. He got his 1st last August 13 and will overcome his reservations to lead the NL and AL in shutouts in consecutive years.