Cap Anson

Birthdate 4/17/1852
Death Date 4/14/1922
Debut Year 1871
Year of Induction 1939
Teams Athletics, Cubs, Rockford Forest Citys
Position First Base

Adrian “Cap” Anson was the 1st in baseball history to record 3,000 hits. As one of the game’s first superstars, he was elected to the Hall in 1939.

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June 5, 1906 document signed by Anson as city clerk of Chicago - likely secretarial

June 5, 1906 document signed by Anson as city clerk of Chicago - likely secretarial

Cap Anson served as city clerk of Chicago from 1905-1907. It is in this capacity that baseball’s first member of the 3,000 hit club signs this document granting permission of a
The inside of the permit to build and maintain the bridge and tunnels

The inside of the permit to build and maintain the bridge and tunnels

The document folds open from the page where Anson signed this permit. Here is the inside of the document. Cap Anson remains one of the Chicago Cubs greatest players. Though he died nearly a century ago on April 14, 1922, Anson

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