Cap Anson

Adrian Constantine Anson
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1939
Primary team: Chicago White Stockings
Primary position: 1st Baseman

A major figure in 19th-century baseball, the strong-willed Adrian "Cap" Anson played at the Major League level for 27 years, mainly at first base with the Chicago National League squad. He batted over .300 during 20 of those seasons and accumulated over 3,000 hits during an illustrious career. When he retired, he owned records in numerous categories, including games, hits, at-bats, doubles and runs. He also served as a player-manager for Chicago, earning over 1,200 wins and accumulating five National League pennants.

Anson was one of the earliest managers to take his club south for preseason conditioning, a practice we now call Spring Training.

"For years he stood at first base for Chicago like a might oak, sturdy, blunt, and honest, the captain who was always kicking at decisions, the one prominent player who was loyal to the National League at the time of the Brotherhood crisis, the symbol of all that was strong and good in Baseball. "
Lee Allen, Historian, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1939
Primary Team: Chicago White Stockings
Position Played: 1st Baseman
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Marshalltown, Iowa
Birth year: 1852
Died: 1922, Chicago, Illinois
Played for:
Rockford Forest Citys (1871)
Philadelphia Athletics (1872-1875)
Chicago Cubs (1876-1897)
Managed:
Philadelphia Athletics (1875)
Chicago Cubs (1879-1897)
New York Giants (1898)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
2524
At BatsAB
10281
RunsR
1999
HitsH
3435
Doubles2B
582
Triples3B
142
Home RunsHR
97
RBIRBI
2075
Stolen BasesSB
277
WalksBB
984
Batting AverageBA
.334
OPSOPS
.841
On Base %OBP
.394
Slugging %SLG
.447