Maine Baseball HOF
Chadbourne, Chester (Hoss) (1971)
Hoss Chadbourne was born in Parkman but a longtime Columbia Falls resident . He played outfield for the Boston American team and Kansas City Packers in the Federal league. HIs playing period ranged from 1906 to 1918 .
Chester James (Pop) Chadbourne: October 28, 1884 Parkman Maine
Batted: Left Threw: Right MLB debut September 17, 1906, for the Boston Americans
Last MLB appearance September 2, 1918, for the Boston Braves
Chadbourne was born in Parkman, Maine. A fine defensive outfielder, he entered the major leagues in 1906 with the Boston Red Sox, playing for them two years before being sold to the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association in November 1908.
After five minor league seasons, he played from 1914 to 1915 for the Kansas City Packers of the Federal League, where he led the league's outfielders in assists (34) in 1914 and in outs (475) and fielding percentage (.979) in 1915. In 1914, Chadbourne became the first major league player to bat at Wrigley Field (then called Weeghman Park), hitting leadoff for the Packers against the Chicago Chi-Feds on April 23.
Chadbourne returned to the minors for the 1916 and 1917 seasons, making his last major league appearance with the Boston Braves in 1918. In a five-season career, Chadbourne was a .255 hitter (345-for-1353) with two home runs and 82 RBI in 347 games, including 183 runs, 41 doubles, 18 triples, and 78 stolen bases.