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Raymond Johnson Chapman
Birth: Jan. 15, 1891
Beaver Dam
Ohio County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Aug. 17, 1920
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Major League Baseball Player. Cleveland Indians shortstop. Was the only modern day ball player to have died as the direct result of being hit by a pitch. On August 16th 1920, at the Polo Grounds, Chapman was struck in the temple by a pitch from Yankee Carl Mays. He collapsed on the field and was rushed to the hospital. Despite emergency surgery he died, never regaining consciousness. Chapman led the Indians in stolen bases four times, setting a team record with 52 in 1917 that stood until 1980. He led the AL in runs scored and walks in 1918. He was hitting .303 with 97 runs scored when he died. It was because of his death that spitballs were declared illegal. The Cleveland Indians went on to win the World Series that year wearing black armbands in honor of their teammate. 
 
Burial:
Lake View Cemetery
Cleveland
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 41, Lot 51493
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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- Joann
 Added: May. 30, 2014
It was an honor to visit your grave. Rest in peace.
- Karen Kruse
 Added: May. 16, 2014
We found your grave right behind my great grandparents' graves when we visited in 2004. Can't remember my Grandfather saying anything about your accident.
- Marcia DeHaven
 Added: Mar. 4, 2014
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