Baseball player, Ray Chapman, Cleveland Indians shortstop, holding bat after swinging and standing on field at Comiskey Park prior to game against Chicago White Sox 1916 Photo SUMMARY
Portrait of American League's Cleveland Indians baseball player Ray Chapman holding a bat, as if following through after swinging, standing on the field at Comiskey Park, which was located at 324 West 35th Street and bounded by West 34th Street; South Shield's Avenue (formerly Portland Avenue); South Wentworth Avenue, in the Armour Square community area of Chicago, Illinois. Players on the field, spectators sitting in the outfield bleachers and the scoreboard are visible in the background. SDN-060909, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
Ray Chapman, Cleveland Indians, is the only player in this century to have died as a direct result of being hit by a pitched ball. Playing agianst the New York Yankees on August 16 1920, Ray Chapman crowded the plate, as was his style, and was struck in the temple by a pitch that barely missed the strike zone. Ray Chapman died 12 hours later. The popular Ray Chapman led the Indians in stolen bases four times and set a team record of 52 bases in 1917.