Ray Chapman Stats

Ray Chapman was born on Thursday, January 15, 1891, in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. Chapman was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 30, 1912, with the Cleveland Naps. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ray Chapman baseball stats page.

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"With the Indians leading 3-0, (Ray) Chapman led off the top of the fifth inning. ( Carl ) Mays , who was known for pitching batters inside with his submarine-style delivery, sailed a pitch toward Chapman's head. Moments later, the batter was on the ground. As fans watched in horror, Chapman walked off the field, supported by two teammates, drawing applause of relief. Hours later, though, Chapman died, never recovering from the blow. Mays played for nine more seasons, but never escaped the stigma of a pitch that killed. Chapman's teammates were stunned at the loss of their star shortstop and friend, but were inspired by his memory." - Inside Pitch Newsletter (National Baseball Hall of Fame, 08-16-2004)

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Birth Name:
Raymond Johnson Chapman
Nickname:
Chappie or Ray
Born On:
01-15-1891  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Beaver Dam, Kentucky
Year of Death Data Died On:
08-17-1920 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
New York, New York
Cemetery:
Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
High School:
None Attended
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
08-30-1912 (Age 21)
Last Game:
08-16-1920
Draft:
Not Applicable

Ray Chapman

Ray Chapman Pitching Stats

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Ray Chapman Hitting Stats

1912 21 Naps 31 109 29 34 6 3 0 0 19 10 - 13 12 0 1 - .312 .375 .422
1913 22 Naps 141 508 78 131 19 7 3 0 39 46 - 51 45 0 2 - .258 .322 .341
1914 23 Naps 106 375 59 103 16 10 2 0 42 48 - 48 18 0 1 - .275 .358 .387
1915 24 Indians 154 570 101 154 14 17 3 0 67 70 - 82 26 0 3 - .270 .353 .370
1916 25 Indians 109 346 50 80 10 5 0 0 27 50 0 46 40 0 1 1 .231 .330 .289
1917 26 Indians 156 563 98 170 28 13 2 0 36 61 1 65 67 0 0 3 .302 .370 .409
1918 27 Indians 128 446 84 119 19 8 1 0 32 84 1 46 35 0 6 8 .267 .390 .352
1919 28 Indians 115 433 75 130 23 10 3 0 53 31 0 38 50 0 3 0 .300 .351 .420
1920 29 Indians 111 435 97 132 27 8 3 0 49 52 0 38 41 0 2 7 .303 .380 .423
9 Years 1,051 3,785 671 1,053 162 81 17 0 364 452 2 427 334 0 19 19 .278 .358 .377

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Ray Chapman Fielding Stats

1912 Naps SS 31 31 798 157 5.1 142 70 72 15 10 n/a n/a n/a .904 4.80
1913 Naps RF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1913 Naps SS 138 138 3,590 755 5.5 707 299 408 48 59 n/a n/a n/a .936 5.32
1914 Naps 2B 33 33 880 163 4.9 154 62 92 9 1 n/a n/a n/a .945 4.73
1914 Naps SS 72 72 1,816 381 5.3 348 161 187 33 24 n/a n/a n/a .913 5.17
1915 Indians SS 154 154 4,112 897 5.8 847 378 469 50 38 n/a n/a n/a .944 5.56
1916 Indians 2B 16 15 363 86 5.4 80 37 43 6 3 n/a n/a n/a .930 5.95
1916 Indians 3B 36 35 890 156 4.3 150 53 97 6 13 n/a n/a n/a .962 4.55
1916 Indians SS 52 51 1,377 307 5.9 287 117 170 20 19 n/a n/a n/a .935 5.63
1917 Indians SS 156 156 4,239 947 6.1 888 360 528 59 71 n/a n/a n/a .938 5.66
1918 Indians SS 128 127 3,389 768 6.0 719 321 398 49 42 n/a n/a n/a .936 5.73
1919 Indians SS 115 113 2,963 638 5.5 602 255 347 36 44 n/a n/a n/a .944 5.49
1920 Indians SS 111 111 2,970 640 5.8 614 243 371 26 43 n/a n/a n/a .959 5.58
SS Totals 957 953 25,254 5,490 5.7 5,154 2,204 2,950 336 350 n/a n/a n/a .939 5.51
2B Totals 49 48 1,243 249 5.1 234 99 135 15 4 n/a n/a n/a .940 5.08
3B Totals 36 35 890 156 4.3 150 53 97 6 13 n/a n/a n/a .962 4.55
RF Totals 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
9 Years 1,043 1,036 27,390 5,895 5.7 5,538 2,356 3,182 357 367 n/a n/a n/a .939 5.46

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Ray Chapman Miscellaneous Stats

1912 Naps 10 5 .667 0 0 n/a 0.0 8.4 5.7 - - -
1913 Naps 29 8 .784 0 0 n/a 169.3 10.0 13.0 - - -
1914 Naps 24 9 .727 0 0 n/a 187.5 7.8 8.9 - - -
1915 Indians 36 15 .706 0 0 n/a 190.0 7.0 8.5 - - -
1916 Indians 21 14 .600 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.5 12.8 - - -
1917 Indians 52 22 .703 0 0 n/a 281.5 8.7 15.6 - - -
1918 Indians 30 22 .577 0 0 n/a 446.0 9.7 13.9 - - -
1919 Indians 18 8 .692 0 0 n/a 144.3 11.4 8.2 - - -
1920 Indians 13 9 .591 0 0 n/a 145.0 11.4 8.9 - - -
9 Years 233 112 .675 0 0 n/a 222.6 8.9 10.4 - - -

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Ray Chapman Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1912 Cleveland Naps n/a Undetermined n/a -
1913 Cleveland Naps n/a Undetermined n/a -
1914 Cleveland Naps n/a Undetermined n/a -
1915 Cleveland Indians n/a Undetermined n/a -
1916 Cleveland Indians n/a Undetermined n/a -
1917 Cleveland Indians n/a Undetermined n/a -
1918 Cleveland Indians n/a Undetermined n/a -
1919 Cleveland Indians n/a Undetermined n/a -
1920 Cleveland Indians n/a Undetermined n/a -
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Raymond Johnson Chapman was a Major League Baseball player with the Cleveland Indians (1912-1920). Did you know that Ray, his nickname, was named one of the 100 Greatest Cleveland Indians Players Top 100 Greatest Indians and Chapman was named one of the seven shortstops.

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Ray Chapman | 2010 TriStar Obak (#67) Baseball Card

Did you know that when Ray Chapman swiped 52 bags in 1917, it set an Indians record for steals in a season? Do you remember who broke the team record in 1980? [Answer] Chappie was an exceptionally well-rounded shortstop, having led the American League in sacrifice hits in 1913, 1917, and 1919. In 1915, he took the field at shortstop in 154 games—and not once was he replaced that year (a league leading 154 complete games at short). In 1917, he led the league again defensively at short, appearing in 155 complete games! In 1918, he led the Junior Circuit in both runs scored (84) and walks (84).

On August 16, 1920 , Ray Chapman played in his final Major League game. Hit by a Carl Mays pitch, Chappie slowly collapsed to his knees on home plate, blood clearly pouring from his left ear. A day later, Chappie had passed away. Newspapers reported:

Ray Chapman Death

Ray Chapman Death | The News Herald (Franklin, PA) | July 24, 1943

The ball made such a loud cracking noise that Mays thought the ball had been hit! Mays fielded the ball, throwing it to first to complete the play before he turned to home and realized that Chapman had collapsed to his knees. Bloodied and unable to speak, Chapman was taken to a New York hospital where he died. The following year, Major League Baseball established the rule to replace any ball that becomes dirty or damaged. A Ray Chapman obituary:

Beaned by a Pitch, Ray Chapman Dies

NEW YORK-The body of Ray Chapman, the Cleveland shortstop, who died early today in St. Lawrence Hospital after being hit in the head by a pitched ball thrown by Carl Mays at the Polo Grounds yesterday afternoon, was taken to his home in Cleveland tonight. A group of baseball fans stood with bared heads at the Grand Central Terminal as the body was taken through the gates to the train. The ball player's widow, who went with the body, was accompanied by her brother and a friend, Indians Manager Tris Speaker, and Joe Wood, one of the players.

Chapman's death has cast a tragic spell over the baseball fans of the city, and everywhere the accident was the topic of conversation. Chapman was a true sportsman, a skillful player, and one of the most popular men in the major leagues. And this was to have been his last season in professional baseball. Carl Mays, the Yankees pitcher who threw the ball which felled Chapman, voluntarily went before Assistant District Attorney Joyce and was exonerated of all blame. The game which was to have been played between Cleveland and New York was put over until Thursday and the players of both clubs joined in mourning.

Although there is some bitterness against Mays among some of the Cleveland players, Manager Speaker, in a telephone conversation with Colonel T.L. Huston, part owner of the New York club, said he and his clubmates would do everything in their power to suppress this feeling. "It is the duty of all of us," said Speaker, "of all the players, not only for the good of the game, but also out of respect to the poor fellow who was killed, to suppress all bitter feeling."

Chapman died at 4:40 o'clock this morning, following an operation performed by Dr. T.M. Merrigan, surgical director of the institution. Chapman was unconscious after he arrived at the hospital. The operation began at 12:29 o'clock and was completed at 1:44. The blow had caused a depressed fracture in Chapman's head three and a half inches long. Dr. Merrigan removed a piece of skull about an inch and a half square and found the brain had been so severely jarred that blod clots had formed. The shock of the blow had lacerated the brain not only on the left side of the head where the ball struck but also on the right side where the shock of the blow had forced the brain against the skull, Dr. Merrigan said.

Mays is greatly shocked over the accident. He said he threw a high fast ball at a time when Chapman was crouched over the plate. He thought the ball hit the handle of Chapman's bat, for he fielded the ball and tossed it to first base. It wasn't until after that, when he saw Umpire Connelly calling to the stands for a physician, that he realized he had hit Chapman in the head. Manager Miller Huggins of the Yankees believes Chapman's left foot may have caught in the ground in some manner which prevented him from stepping out of the ball's way. Manager Huggins explained that batsmen usually had one foot loose and free at just such moments and Chapman had got out of the way of the same kind of pitched balls before.

Source: The New York Times. August 17, 1920. No Writer Attributed.

Ray Chapman successfully bunted 67 times in 1917 , only the second player in baseball history to record 60-or-more sacrifice hits (bunts) in a single season, joining Bill Bradley who "only" had 60 in 1908 . That duo, through today, remain at the top (#1 and #2 respectively) of the Top 1,000 Sacrifice Hits in a Single Season chart!

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