"Prince Hal" Chase

"For all the things that have been charged against Chase, the fans cannot help remembering his astonishing fielding feats around first. 'Prince Hal' could do things with his hands that no other first baseman of the past decade has even attempted. He had wonderful natural grace, and amazing speed in covering ground. Without a thought of attempting anything fancy, he would make one-handed grabs that left the spectators speechless... Chase had a baseball brain that worked with his hands. It is doubtful if a smarter player, using smart strictly in a baseball sense, ever wore cleats. At times he was well nigh uncanny." -sportswriter Damon Runyon, The New York American, July 21, 1921

In 1905, After playing at the Oak Bay Ball Park for three months in Victoria Hal Chase went on to play for:

New York Highlanders (1905-1913)
Chicago White Sox (1913-1914)
Buffalo Bisons (1914-1915)
Cincinnati Reds (1916-1918)
New York Giants (1919)

New York (1910-1911)

Born: February 13, 1883, Los Gatos, CA

Batted: Right, Threw: Left

Debut: April 14, 1905
Primary Position: 1B
Primary Team: NYA

Died: May 18, 1947, Colusa, CA
Buried and Resting in Peace at: Oak Hill Memorial Park


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