Chief Bender

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Birthdate5/5/1884
Death Date5/22/1954
Debut Year1903
Year of Induction1953
Teams Athletics, Federal League, Phillies, White Sox
Position Pitcher

Born into the Ojibwe tribe, Charles “Chief” Bender has 212 career wins, a career winning percentage of .625, and a lifietime 2.46 ERA.

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Chief Bender passed away three months before his induction in August, 1954

Chief Bender passed away three months before his induction in August, 1954

Chief Bender won 212 games and pitched in five World Series during his 16-year big league career. Fifteen of those years were spent with Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics. The glory years of Bender’s career came in the five-year period from 1910-1914. In that span he went 91-31 and pi
Bender's nickname as a child was the Indian word meaning

Bender's nickname as a child was the Indian word meaning "Little Spirit Animal"

The autograph of Chief Bender is found here in one of the more quirky pieces in the collection. The 1940 driver’s license shows a more formal example of his autograph as Bender has signed, “Charles A Bender” on the document. Born in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, as a child Bender wa
After retiring as a player, Chief Bender became a scout for the Athletics

After retiring as a player, Chief Bender became a scout for the Athletics

After concluding his major league playing career, Chief Bender excelled in a number of roles in baseball including service as a major league coach, minor league manager and player-manager, college manager and professional scout. Shown here is his business card as scout for Connie Mack’s Philad
Philadelphia sportswriter Bill Duncan helped get Bender into Cooperstown

Philadelphia sportswriter Bill Duncan helped get Bender into Cooperstown

Chief Bender’s election to the Hall of Fame was due in no small part to the work of Philadelphia Inquirer sportswriter Bill Duncan. Instrumental in gaining induction for fellow Gettysburg resident Eddie Plank inducted, Duncan also pushed for Bender’s Cooperstown inclusion. In this letter
Bill Duncan's childhood team was the Philadelphia Athletics of Bender and Eddie Plank

Bill Duncan's childhood team was the Philadelphia Athletics of Bender and Eddie Plank

Getting Eddie Plank and Chief Bender elected to the Hall of Fame was no small task for sportswriter Bill Duncan. A longtime Pennsylvania resident, Duncan’s favorite team in his boyhood was the Philadelphia Athletics led by Eddie Plank and Chief Bender. Both pitchers were no longer on the write

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