Frank Selee

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Frank Gibson Selee

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Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1999

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Biographical Information[edit]

Frank Selee was the skipper of the Boston Beaneaters for twelve years and led the club to five pennants; three times in succession, 1891-1892-1893, and two in a row, in 1897-1898. The 1892 Beaneaters were the first major league club to win 100 games in a season. Selee later managed the Chicago Cubs for four seasons (1902-1905) and was responsible for assembling the famous Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double play combination.


Selee was a native of Melrose, MA and played ball with an amateur team in that city. He first played professionally in 1884 with the Waltham Club but finished the season with Lawrence. During the 1885 and 1886 seasons he managed the Haverhill team of the New England League. On the club were such players as Mike Slattery, Jimmy Cooney, and Elmer Foster. In 1887 Selee managed the Oshkosh team which won the championship of the Northwestern League. In 1888 and 1889 he managed the Omaha Omahogs which won title championship of the Western Association in his second year with the club. During the 1880s, he also scouted for Boston.

In 1890 Selee was engaged to manage the Beaneaters at the age of 30, and his reign was a success. In his first year the team finished fifth, but they captured the league pennant from 1891 to 1893. After a three-year string of third-place finishes the team won two pennants in 1897 and 1898.

Selee was highly respected for his knowledge of ballplayer ability - his 1890s Boston teams were made up of many future Hall of Famers such as Kid Nichols, John Clarkson, Hugh Duffy, Tommy McCarthy, Jimmy Collins, Billy Hamilton, and Vic Willis.

After slipping a bit in the last two years with Boston, he moved to Chicago, where he began building the great Cubs teams of the period. By 1905, when his health forced him to turn over the manager's position to Frank Chance, he had put together most of the talent on the team that was to be so dominant from 1904-1913, when they won at least 90 games each year.

Selee was a short, balding man with a large mustache.

He and Sid Farrar operated a clothing store together after Sid's major league days.

"He has never failed, in minor or major leagues, to get together a team of winners." - Sporting Life, 1893

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Pennants: 5 (1891-1893, 1897 & 1898)
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 2 (1892 & 1898)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1999
Preceded by
Jim Hart
Boston Beaneaters Manager
Succeeded by
Al Buckenberger
Preceded by
Tom Loftus
Chicago Orphans/Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Frank Chance

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1884 Lawrence Massachusetts State Association none
1885 Haverhill New England League none
1886 Haverhill New England League -- none Replaced by Fred Doe
1887 Oshkosh Northwestern League 76-41 1st none League Champs
1888 Omaha Omahogs Western Association 55-48 4th none
1889 Omaha Omahogs Western Association 83-38 1st none League Champs
1890 Boston Beaneaters National League 76-57 5th Boston Beaneaters
1891 Boston Beaneaters National League 87-51 1st Boston Beaneaters League Champs
1892 Boston Beaneaters National League 102-48 1st Boston Beaneaters Won Championship Series
1893 Boston Beaneaters National League 86-43 1st Boston Beaneaters League Champs
1894 Boston Beaneaters National League 83-49 3rd Boston Beaneaters
1895 Boston Beaneaters National League 71-60 6th Boston Beaneaters
1896 Boston Beaneaters National League 74-57 4th Boston Beaneaters
1897 Boston Beaneaters National League 93-39 1st Boston Beaneaters Lost Temple Cup
1898 Boston Beaneaters National League 102-47 1st Boston Beaneaters League Champs
1899 Boston Beaneaters National League 95-57 2nd Boston Beaneaters
1900 Boston Beaneaters National League 66-72 4th Boston Beaneaters
1901 Boston Beaneaters National League 69-69 5th Boston Beaneaters
1902 Chicago Orphans National League 68-69 6th Chicago Orphans
1903 Chicago Cubs National League 82-56 3rd Chicago Cubs
1904 Chicago Cubs National League 93-60 2nd Chicago Cubs
1905 Chicago Cubs National League 37-28 -- Chicago Cubs Replaced by Frank Chance on July 1
1906 Pueblo Indians Western League 63-85 6th none
1907 Pueblo Indians Western League -- none Replaced by Lew Drill
1908 Pueblo Indians Western League 5th none Replaced Ham Patterson

Further Reading[edit]

  • Richard Bressler: Frank Selee: Hall of Fame Manager of the Boston Beaneaters and Chicago Cubs, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2021. ISBN 978-1-4766-8204-4
  • David L. Fleitz: "Frank Selee", in Ghosts in the Gallery at Cooperstown: Sixteen Little-Known Members of the Hall of Fame, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2004, pp. 202-215. ISBN 978-0-7864-1749-0

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