The following is a condensed excerpt from The Best Team Ever, a Novel of America, Chicago and the 1907 Cubs.
Frank Chance, always the strict disciplinarian, often reminded his players of his managerial motto: “We do it my way or we meet after the game and let our fists decide who is right.” On many occasions he unleashed his furious fists on his own or opposing players, always bloodying the opponent. “Gentleman” Jim Corbett, former heavy-weight boxing champion and Frank’s drinking buddy, called Chance “the greatest amateur fighter in the world.” He liked to drink but he did not overdo it. Chance encouraged his players to loosen up and drink a few beers following a ballgame. With but a few exceptions, the players loved him, looked up to their “Peerless Leader” and tried their best to earn his respect.
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