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Frank Leroy Chance ( September 9 , 1877 âe" September 15 , 1924 ) was a Major League Baseball player at the turn of the 20th century. Performing the roles of first baseman and manager , Chance led the Chicago Cubs to four National League championships in the span of five years (1906-1910) and earned the nickname "The Peerless Leader".

Born in Fresno, California , Chance began his career in 1898 with the Chicago Cubs and played irregularly until 1902 . In 1903 he asserted himself with a .327 batting average , 67 stolen bases and 81 RBI in 441 at-bats. Chance was the first player ever ejected from a World Series game, doing so in Game 3 of the 1910 World Series against the Philadelphia Athletics. He was part of the infield trio remembered in " Baseball's Sad Lexicon ," a poem by newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams first published in 1910 and also known as " Tinker to Evers to Chance."

Chance took over as Chicago's manager in 1905 , taking the helm of a very good team. Although his playing time decreased towards the end of the decade, as a manager he proved inspirational. The Cubs won the NL pennant in 1906 , 1907 , 1908 and 1910 and won the World Series in 1907 and 1908. He left the Cubs after the 1912 season to manage the New York Yankees , which he did for two seasons. He returned to his native California, and
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