Cap Anson, 1908 photo, baseball player and team captain of Chicago Colts (later changed to Cubs) Standing in West Side Grounds in Chicago, located between West Polk St, South Wolcott, West Taylor and South Wood St. Chicago Daily News negative courtesy of Chicago Historical Society
Adrian Cap Anson was a major force in the startup of Organized Baseball; our Major Leagues; and he was considered the King of the Hitters. 'As a batsman, Anson struck terror to the hearts of pitchers,' wrote historian Robtert Smith. In promoting baseball games during the 1880's, Cap Anson photo was printed on old ad flyers with the ads stating 'King of the Diamond' and 'Prince of Batters'. Andrian Anson was the manager of the Chicago Team or captain which is how he acquired the nickname of Cap. As Captain he led the Chicagos to pennants in 1880, 1881, 1882 and again in 1885 and 1886. Cap Anson led the National League in RBI's in eight different years and twice he led the league in batting average. In ten (10) diff. seasons his on base pct was over .400; a record that stood until the 1920's. Anson was the first major leaguer to get 3,000 hits. Cap Anson batted .414 in 1872, .398 in 1873 and in 1881 he hit .399. He was the first player in history to hit over 100 career home runs. Cap Anson career records include 528 doubles, 124 triples and he scored over 1800 runs and drove-in over 1900, and was a .329 lifetime batsman. This famous batsman still holds the record of batting over .300 in the most different years; a amazing total of 24 times. baseballhistorian.com archives All Rights Reserved Cap Anson 1880's.