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Encyclopedia > Hal Chase
Hal Chase, of the Chicago White Sox, at Comiskey Park.
Hal Chase, of the Chicago White Sox, at Comiskey Park.

Harold Homer Chase (February 13, 1883 in Los Gatos, California - May 18, 1947 in Colusa, California), nicknamed "Prince Hal", was a first baseman in Major League Baseball, widely viewed as the best fielder at his position, who was banned from baseball for corruption. During his career, he played for the New York Highlanders (1910-1913), Chicago White Sox (1913-1914), Buffalo Buffeds (1914-1915), Cincinnati Reds (1916-1918), and New York Giants (1919). Hal Chase, of the Chicago White Sox, at Comiskey Park. ... Hal Chase, of the Chicago White Sox, at Comiskey Park. ... The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Comiskey Park (35th Street & Shields Avenue, Chicago, Illinois) was the ballpark in which the Chicago White Sox played from 1910 to 1990. ... February 13 is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1883 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Los Gatos is a town located in Santa Clara County, California. ... May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ... 1947 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Colusa is the county seat of Colusa County, California. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ...


There is little doubt that Chase was an excellent player. No lesser figures than Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson named him the best first baseman ever, and contemporary reports describe his glovework as outstanding. However, despite being an excellent hitter and peerless defensive player, Chase seemed to personify the corruption of the sport in the period before the Black Sox scandal. Starting from 1910, allegations of corruption surrounded him. That year, he was accused of throwing games by manager George Stallings, after Chase resented Stallings' appointment in preference to himself. Three years later, the charge was repeated by his new manager, Frank Chance, who solved the problem by trading him to the White Sox. Ruth batting for the Yankees George Herman Ruth, (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948), better known as Babe Ruth and also commonly known by the nicknames The Bambino and The Sultan of Swat, was an American baseball player and United States national icon. ... Walter Johnson on a 1909-1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card (White Borders (T206)). Walter Perry Johnson (November 6, 1887-December 10, 1946), American professional baseball pitcher. ... ... Frank Chance baseball card, 1909-11 Frank Leroy Chance (September 9, 1877 - September 15, 1924) was a Major League Baseball player at the turn of the 20th century. ...


Following a spell in the short lived Federal League, he went to the Reds of the National League. After Buck Herzog was fired as Reds manager in 1917, Chase was again passed over again for management in favor of Christy Mathewson. Midway through the 1918 season, Mathewson suspended Chase, again on suspicion of throwing games, and sold him to John McGraw's Giants at the season's end. With the Giants, Chase teamed up with like-minded Heinie Zimmerman and Jean Dubuc, who were also believed to have thrown games for money, before finally being temporarily banned by National League president John Heydler. The Federal League was an attempt to establish a third major league in baseball in the United States. ... Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants at the West Side Grounds. ... John McGraw on a 1909-1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card. ...


In addition to the accusations of his managers, Chase was known to consort with gamblers and was believed to have bet against his own team on a number of occasions. Although it is questionable whether he was involved in fixing the 1919 World Series, it is likely that he knew of it, and he won $40,000 betting on the Reds. In 1921, the weight of evidence of his corruption led to him receiving a lifetime ban from baseball from Commisioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. The 1919 World Series was played between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. ... Kenesaw Mountain Landis Kenesaw Mountain Landis (20 November 1866 – 25 November 1944) was an American jurist who served as a federal judge from 1905 to 1922, and subsequently as the first commissioner of Major League Baseball. ...


External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com - career statistics and analysis
  • Bio on BaseballLibrary.com
  • The Hal Chase Place
  • Bio on TheDeadBallEra.com

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Charley Chase - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (645 words)
Direction of the Chase series was soon taken over by Leo McCarey, who in collaboration with Chase formed the comic style of the series---an emphasis on situation comedy, characterization, and farce instead of knockabout slapstick.
Charley Chase moved with ease into sound films in 1929 and continued to be quite prolific, occasionally putting his fine singing voice on display and including his self-penned songs in his comedy shorts.
Chase's failure to adapt to the feature film format was primarily responsible for his dismissal from the Hal Roach Studio in 1936.
Hal Chase - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (478 words)
Harold Homer Chase (February 13, 1883 in Los Gatos, California - May 18, 1947 in Colusa, California), nicknamed "Prince Hal", was a first baseman in Major League Baseball, widely viewed as the best fielder at his position, who was banned from baseball for corruption.
Hal Chase with the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park.
In addition to the accusations of his managers, Chase was known to consort with gamblers and was believed to have bet against his own team on a number of occasions.
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