Hal Chase was born February 13, 1883 in Los Gatos, California In his youth he played with local teams. At age 19, Chase joined the Victoria, B.C., team and later the Los Angeles Angels of the 1904 Pacific Coast League. from there he was drafted by the New York Americans, playing in his first game with them April 14, 1905.
He started out as a pitcher, but soon switched to first base at which he excelled and became the premier first baseman in the major leagues. Fans could not believe how far off the bag he would place himself defensively some times 15 feet, but he was very quick to cover the bag in time to tag out a runner. Chase proved himself on the field year after year and his lifetime career stats confirm he was the best at his position. Hal Chase stepped into the batters box and batted more than 7,400 times in major league baseball games.
Buck Weaver and Chick Gandil, members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox, who conspired to throw a world series with Cincinnati, may be members of the Douglas Blues’ in the 1925 Frontier League within the next 24 hours.
New York Highlanders – 1911 American League
Hal Chase for 14 years from 1905 until 1919, played in the big-leagues, at various times a member of the New York Giants, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds. On August 9, 1918 Reds’ manager Christy Mathewson, suspended his player Hal Chase for the accusations of “Indifferent Playing” (Game Fixing) This was the first time any baseball official had seriously punished Chase for his involvement.
After the news broke out of the 1919 fix of the World’s Series, Chase was thought as being a part of the conspiracy. – Hal Chase himself denied till his death “Did Not participate in.” Chase was not a “Black Sox” player, however, the newspapers kept the heated story alive for years, and a cloud of suspicion followed any and all ball players who were thought of being less than an honorable ball player on or off the diamond.
In 1921 the first Commissioner of Baseball, Kenesaw Mountain Landis ruled that: “Any ball player who conspires with gamblers to fix ball games will be banned from professional baseball for life.” In 1925 when Chase was offered the opportunity to manage the town of Douglas, Arizona local baseball team he accepted. The 1925 Frontier League “Outlaw” gave Chase and many other ball players a chance to Play Fast Baseball and to Hear the Roar of the Crowds again.