Today in Tribe History: January 15, 1891

Future Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman is born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. Chapman was a fine defensive shortstop during his time and as a hitter he was in the top ten in the league in batting average a couple of times. In 1917 he was in the top ten in slugging percentage and in 1918 led the American League in walks. He was also among league leaders in stolen bases three times. In 1917 Chapman set the record for the most sacrifice hits in a season, with 67. However, he is most remembered for his tragic death. On August 16, 1920, Chapman was struck in the head by a pitch from New York Yankees pitcher Carl Mays. He was knocked unconscious and died the next day from his injuries. The Indians went on to win the World Series. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, OH.

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