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Ray Chapman

Ray Chapman

Position(s):
SS, OF, 2B, 3B
Born:
January 15, 1891
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 10"
Weight:
170 lbs
Major League Debut:
8-30-1912 with CLE

Replaced By

After Chapman's terrible death, the Indians called Joe Sewell up to take his place at short. Sewell batted .329 with 12 RBI in 22 games down the stretch as the Tribe nosed out the White Sox for the pennant. The youngster struggled in the Series but Cleveland still won their first title. Sewell earned his spot at shortstop and won over Cleveland fans with his batting skills. In 1923, 1924, 1925 and 1927 he finished in the top ten in MVP voting. He hit .320 in his eleven seasons with Cleveland and only Harry Heilmann and Babe Ruth had more hits from 1920-1930. After three seasons with the Yankees, Sewell retired and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977, assuming a station in baseball history that it seemed Chapman was destined for.

Best Season

Chapman was playing the best baseball of his career when he fell to the beaning. He was hitting .303 with a .380 OBP and was on pace to set career-highs in runs, doubles, homers, RBI, and hits. His only challengers for best shortstop in the American League were Roger Peckinpaugh and Deacon Scott.

Factoid 1

On June 20, 1914, Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman committed four errors in the fifth inning, tying a ML record.

Strengths

His defensive range and his patience at the plate.

Weaknesses

Power

The Roller Coaster 1917 Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians of 1917 finished in third place, well back of the Chicago White Sox, but they were an interesting team. They won 32 of their last 47 games to finish 88-66. From August 31 to September 24, they won 17 of 20 to race past the Detroit Tigers in the standings. During a ten-game winning streak through September 24, Chapman batted .517 with four steals of home.

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