Icons of the Ivy: Frank Chance
Frank Chance sports one of the most timeless names in Cubs franchise history.
As a first baseman, he was on the receiving end of the famous “Tinker to Evers to Chance” double plays that inspired a poem.
He is also a Hall of Famer that led the Cubs to back-to-back championships in 1907-08.
Nicknamed “The Peerless Leader,” Chance served as a player/manager for the Cubs from 1905-12. During that time, he boasted a sparkling .664 winning percentage (768-389) with four 100-win campaigns and four National League pennants (including the pair of World Series victories).
“Chance’s Cubs won a Major League record 116 games in his first season as skipper,” team historian Ed Hartig said.
He was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946 by the Old Timers Committee.
Chance led the league in stolen bases in 1903 (67) and 1906 (57) and paced the “Senior Circuit” in runs scored in 1906 (103).
Over his 15-year career in Chicago, Chance had a .397 batting average and .394 on-base percentage, walking 548 times to only 319 strikeouts. He sits 22nd in franchise history in hits (1,268) and 15th in runs scored (794) and stole more bases than anybody else who ever suited up in a Cubs uniform (400).