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Friday, September 9, 2011

Blow Out the Candles September 9

Hall of Famer Frank Chance was born on this date in 1877.

This is one of the two 1911 T205 Gold Borders I'm lucky enough to own.

The photograph below is from Shorpy. It was taken in 1910 and is obviously the image used to create the card above. If you love photography or history and you've never visited the Shorpy website I highly recommend you do. Just make sure you have some time. It's addicting.

A piece of Frank Chance trivia:

"In the bottom of the ninth inning on April 28, 1906, Chance stole home against the Reds for a 1-0 Chicago victory. According to SABR researcher Jan Larsen, it's the only "walk-off" steal of home for a 1-0 victory in major league history."

"There is one thing I will never believe, and that is the Sox are better than the Cubs."

Frank Chance and Hugh Jennings 1907 World Series

"Chance was a born fighter, a determined, able, and magnetic leader of men, who could always inspire his men with extraordinary enthusiasm, get the best work out of them, and always hold their good will. As a field leader it is doubtful if his superior ever lived… he combined all the qualities of an ideal baseball general." — NY Times, July 2, 1911

Polo Grounds 1912
c. 1910-1915

Hall of Famer  "The Fordham Flash", Frankie Frisch was born in the Bronx, NY on this date in 1898.
 1991 Conlon Collection #11

Line-Up for Yesterday

F is for Fordham
And Frankie and Frisch;
I wish he were back
With the Giants, I wish.
— Ogden Nash, Sport magazine (January 1949)

"There's nothing tough about playing third. All a guy needs is a strong arm and a strong chest." - Frankie Frisch

With Dizzy Dean
With Gabby Hartnett

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