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Frank Chance Field 1935-1941

 
 
Frank Chance Field 1935-1941 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 8, 2010
1. Frank Chance Field 1935-1941 Marker
Inscription. Located at this corner was a 20-acre baseball field named for the legendary Frank Chance. Constructed in 1935, the park served as the spring training grounds for the San Francisco Seals as well as for games played by Fresno's Twilight League. Frank Chance was born in Salida, California in 1876 and was raised in Fresno here he played for the Fresno Tigers. In 1898 he joined the Chicago Cubs. In 1905 he became the Cubs Manager and also continued to play first base. Chance led the Cubs to two World Series Championships in 1907 and 1908 and four league pennants. His name was memorialized in the poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon" which quoted the double play made famous by the Cubs. "Tinker to Evers to Chance." Frank Chance died in 1924 from injuries sustained from baseball and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.
 
Erected 2010 by Redevelopement Agency, City of Fresno.
 
Location. 36° 44.142′ N, 119° 45.331′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Ventura Avenue 0.1 miles east of Cedar Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located on the parkstrip next to Sunnyside Car Wash. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4130 Ventura Avenue, Fresno CA 93702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At
Frank Chance Field 1935-1941 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 8, 2010
2. Frank Chance Field 1935-1941 Marker
least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fresno Assembly Center (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fresno Traction Company (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Fresno Brewing Company (approx. 1.3 miles away); Billy Vukovich Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Young Corbett III (approx. 1.6 miles away); George M. Bowman (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Fresno Water Tower (approx. 1.8 miles away); Site of Church-Sperry Mill and Mill Ditch (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fresno.
 
More about this marker. The corner of Cedar and Ventura Avenue was the corner of Chance Field.
 
Regarding Frank Chance Field 1935-1941. The marker includes 6 tiles showing Frank Chance playing for the Cubs, for the Fresno Expositors, for the Fresno Tigers, and two of Chance Field.
 
Also see . . .  The Official Website of Frank Chase. Complete with biography, photos and facts. (Submitted on September 20, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Sports
 
Reverse Side of Frank Chance Field 1935-1941 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 8, 2010
3. Reverse Side of Frank Chance Field 1935-1941 Marker
Displays three photos and listing of marker sponsors and contributors.
Close-Up of Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Claude C "Pop" Laval, March 14, 1935
4. Close-Up of Photo Displayed on Marker
Frank Chance Field 1935 Opening Day
Fresno Expositors 1889 image. Click for full size.
Fresno Historical Society Archives, 1889
5. Fresno Expositors 1889
Frank Chance 1909 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress, 1909
6. Frank Chance 1909
Frank Chance 1913 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress, 1913
7. Frank Chance 1913
Fresno Republican Tigers 1897 image. Click for full size.
Fresno Historical Society Archives, 1897
8. Fresno Republican Tigers 1897
In 1889, he was a member of the Fresno Expositor Newspaper baseball team, but by 1897 he now played for the rival Fresno Republican Newspaper baseball team.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 679 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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