Frank Chance (HOF) “Portrait- Yellow” – Lenox (SGC 1)


PLAYER: Frank Chance (HOF)

VARIATION: Portrait- Yellow

TEAM: Chicago Cubs

LEAGUE: National

BACK: Black Lenox (Ranked 8/39)

GRADE: SGC 1 P (127) 0883-004




A well loved example of Chicago Cubs Legend Frank Chance. The card features the Black Lenox advertising reverse (ranked 8 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource).


Frank Leroy Chance

Born: September 9, 1876 – Fresno, CA

Died: September 15, 1924 – Los Angeles, CA

Batted: RH

Threw: RH

Position: 1B

Career BA: .296

Managerial Record: 946–648


Chicago Orphans/Cubs NL (1898–1904; player/manager: 1905–1912)

New York Yankees AL (player/manager: 1913–1914)

Boston Red Sox AL (manager: 1923)

Frank Chance was an excellent ballplayer and manager. Immortalized in “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon,” also known as “Tinker to Evers to Chance,” a 1910 poem by Franklin Pierce Adams, he earned the nickname “The Peerless Leader” by leading the Cubs to four National League pennants and two World Series titles in 5 years. Their record of 116 victories in 1906 still remains unsurpassed. Chance batted over .300 on four occasions, and led the National League in stolen bases twice. He was also the first player ever to be ejected from a World Series Game. His 946–648 record as manager is outstanding. Chance managed in the minors, and came back to manage the Sox in 1923. He became ill after that season, and died the next year at age 48. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946.

An excerpt from the hit book “The T206 Collection – The Players & Their Stories” by Tom & Ellen Zappala. Click HERE to order the SECOND EDITION


These are the saddest of possible words:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double –
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

“That Double Play Again”
Printed : July 12, 1910
by The “New York Evening Mail”.

“Gotham’s Woe”
Re-Printed : July 15, 1910
by The “Chicago Daily Tribune”.

“Baseballs Sad Lexicon”
Re-Printed : July 18, 1910
by The “New York Evening Mail