Chief Bender: A Marksman at the Traps and on the Mound

By Robert D. Warrington

This article was published in the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal.

Charles Albert "Chief" Bender is a baseball Hall of Famer, but he also excelled in another popular sport of his era: trapshooting. Author Robert D. Warrington examines Bender's involvement in trapshooting, and its relationship with his baseball profession. In early twentieth century America, baseball and trapshooting went hand-in-hand for major league ballplayers. Many star players, and those not so prominent, were “scarcely able to wait until the diamond season is ended so they may rush to the gun rack, select their favorite firearms, and strive for records at the . . .

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