Chick Stahl Outfielder Born: January 10, 1873
Died: March 28, 1907(aged 34)
West Baden, Indiana
Batted: Left Threw: Left MLB debut April 19, 1897 for the Boston Beaneaters Last MLB appearance October 6, 1906 for the Boston Americans Career statistics Batting average .305 Home runs 36 RBI 622 Teams
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Charles Sylvester "Chick" Stahl (January 10, 1873 - March 28, 1907) was an American outfielder in Major League Baseball who was among the most feared and consistent hitters in his time. In his rookie 1897 season with the Boston Beaneaters, he batted .354, and over his first six seasons, he averaged over .300. In 1899, he had six hits in a game, and in the 1903 World Series, he hit three triples. By 1904, including his time with the Beaneaters and the Boston Americans, Stahl had been a key part of four pennant winning teams in seven seasons.
In 1906, he was named acting manager of the Americans after his friend Jimmy Collins was suspended and decided to focus on his playing, and also due to the club's ownership opting for a change following a poor season by the club. He was officially named player-manager on December 4, 1906. Stahl committed suicide during the 1907 spring training in West Baden, Indiana by drinking four ounces of carbolic acid. The reasoning behind Stahl's suicide has remained a mystery for over a century. He was known as a carefree, fun-loving man and had many love affairs going on throughout the country. He mentioned suicide days before in Louisville, Ky., prompting some teammates to take the carbolic acid from him. His final words to some of teammates were "Boys, I just couldn't help it. It drove me to it." What "it" exactly was remains a mystery. Cy Young reluctantly took over as manager to start the 1907 season, but he was replaced six games into the season. Stahl's widow mysteriously died one year later.
Chick Stahl was not related to Jake Stahl, despite contemporary baseball sources listing them as brothers.
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career stolen bases
- List of Major League Baseball players with 100 triples
- List of Major League Baseball triples champions
- ^ “Chick Stahl, Talent and Tragedy”
- ^ ""Chick" Stahl A Suicide; Late Boston Manager Takes Carbolic Acid At West Baden". The New York Times. March 29, 1907. p. 11.
- ^ Bill Ferber (2007) A Game of Baseball: The Orioles, The Beaneaters and The Battle For The 1897 Pennant, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 9780803211360, pg. 251
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- The Deadball Era
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Boston Beaneaters 1897 National League Champions Boston Beaneaters 1898 National League Champions Boston Red Sox managers Boston Americans (1901–1907) Boston Red Sox (1908–present)
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