Jack Chapman

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Jack Chapman
Right fielder/Manager
Born: (1843-05-08)May 8, 1843
Brooklyn, New York
Died: June 10, 1916(1916-06-10) (aged 73)
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Unknown Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 5, 1874, for the Brooklyn Atlantics
Last MLB appearance
August 8, 1876, for the Louisville Grays
MLB statistics
Batting average .246
Runs scored 64
RBIs 59
  National Association of Base Ball Players
Enterprise of Brooklyn (1860–1861)
Brooklyn Atlantics (1862–1866, 1868–1870)
Quaker City of Philadelphia (1867)
  League player
Brooklyn Atlantics (1874)
St. Louis Brown Stockings (1875)
Louisville Grays (1876)
  League manager
Louisville Grays (18761877)
Milwaukee Grays (1878)
Worcester Ruby Legs (1882)
Detroit Wolverines (18831884)
Buffalo Bisons (NL) (1885)
Louisville Colonels (18891892)
Career highlights and awards
  • American Association pennant (1890)

John Curtis "Jack" Chapman (May 8, 1843 – June 10, 1916) was an American Major League Baseball player and manager who was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began playing in the National Association when he played for the 1874 Brooklyn Atlantics and the 1875 St. Louis Brown Stockings.[1] In 1876, when the National League formed, he became the player-manager for the Louisville Grays. The following season saw him staying with Louisville in the manager role only. After the 1877 season, the Louisville team was expelled from the National League and Chapman became manager of the Milwaukee Grays. The team had a poor record, and he was fired.[2] In all, he managed 11 seasons in the majors, compiling a record of 351 wins and 502 losses, winning one championship in 1890 with the Louisville Colonels of the American Association.[3]

Syracuse Stars, 1889. Chapman, the team's manager, is in the center, without a uniform

Chapman's nickname was "Death to Flying Things", although fellow major leaguer Bob Ferguson had also been given the nickname. Chapman died in Brooklyn at the age of 73, and he is interred at Green-Wood Cemetery.[4]

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Preceded by
Frank Bancroft
Detroit Wolverines Managers
Succeeded by
Charlie Morton
Preceded by
Dan Shannon
Louisville Colonels Managers
Succeeded by
Fred Pfeffer