Player Profile


Charles Albert Bender

(Chief)
B: May 5, 1884 Crow Wing Co., MN
D: May 22, 1954

Philadelphia, PA


Throws Right
Bats Right
Height 6'2"
Weight 185 lbs
Seasons 16

Biography / Info

  • Chief Bender was part of one of the most distinguished pitching trios in the history of the game. Alongside Rube Waddell and Eddie Plank, the Philadelphia Athletics were a formidable an American League force for many years in the early part of the 20th century. 
  • Born on the White Earth Indian Reservation near Brainerd Minnesota, Chief was one of 13 children in his family. He was one quarter  Chippewa Indian, the attribute coming from his mother who was half Chippewa.
  • In his youth, he began working as a farmhand. 
  • In 1896, Bender entered the Carlisle Indian School, later to be the alma mater of Jim Thorpe. Originally played first baseman but moved to the mound in his second year there. Also starred in football.
  • After graduation in1902, he played semipro baseball in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Here he was spotted by a Philadelphia Athletics scout as Chief picked up a win over the Chicago Cubs in an exhibition game. Shortly thereafter, owner and manager Connie Mack offered "Albert" Bender a contract for $300 per month.

His Playing Days

  • 1903: The media and fans dubbed the one quarter Indian, 'The Chief'. Bender entered stardom without a flutter and at age 19 without having played in the minors, made his major league debut. Pitching 6 innings in relief, he picks up the win over the Red Sox, a game in which the great Cy Young is the Boston hurler.  A week later, he makes his first start and defeats New York 6-0 while twirling a 4 hitter. 
  • 1904: Marries Marie Clements of Philadelphia, where they settled.
  • 1905: The first of 5 championship teams Chief was part of. While Rube Waddell and Eddie Plank won 26 and 25 games respectively, Connie Mack declared him ,"The greatest one gamer I have". Finished #2 in league in relief wins. 
  • 1906: Filling in for left fielder Topsy Hartsell, Chief hits 2 home runs in an 11-4 win over the Red Sox. Leads circuit in saves.
  • 1909: After an injury shortened season, Chief finishes second in winning percentage and third in ERA.
  • 1910: Tosses a no hitter against the Indians, with a walk preventing it from being a prefect game. Leads American League in winning percentage and was fourth in wins.
  • 1911: Leads league in winning percentage. Has 2-1 record against the Giants in the World Series. 
  • 1914: Makes $2400 per year. Compiles a 14 game win streak helping his team to the World Series. Loses the first game of the Series 7-1. This would be his final appearance in an Athletics uniform.
  • 1915: Along with Eddie Plank, jumps to the recently formed Federal League. Has a dismal season playing for Baltimore, the worst team in the circuit. Later, Chief regretted jumping from the American League.
  • 1916: After the close of the Federal League, bender returns to Philadelphia, but this time with the Phillies. 

Post Major League

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Career Statistics

Year Team Lg W L G GS CG SH SV IP H BB SO ERA
1903 PHL AL 17 14 36 33 29 2 0 270 239 65 127 3.07
1904 PHL AL 10 11 29 20 18 4 0 203.2 167 59 149 2.87
1905 PHL AL 18 11 35 23 18 4 0 229 193 90 142 2.83
1906 PHL AL 15 10 36 27 24 0 3 238.1 208 48 159 2.53
1907 PHL AL 16 8 33 24 20 4 3 219.1 185 34 112 2.05
1908 PHL AL 8 9 18 17 14 2 1 138.2 121 21 85 1.75
1909 PHL AL 18 8 34 29 24 5 1 250 196 45 161 1.66
1910 PHL AL 23 5 30 28 25 3 0 250 182 47 155 1.58
1911 PHL AL 17 5 31 24 16 2 3 216.1 198 58 114 2.16
1912 PHL AL 13 8 27 19 12 1 2 171 169 33 90 2.74
1913 PHL AL 21 10 48 21 14 2 13 236.2 208 59 135 2.21
1914 PHL AL 17 3 28 23 14 7 2 179 159 55 107 2.26
1915 BAL FL 4 16 26 23 15 0 1 178.1 198 37 89 3.99
1916 PHL NL 7 7 27 13 4 0 3 122.2 137 34 43 3.74
1917 PHL NL 8 2 20 10 8 4 2 113 84 26 43 1.67
1925 WHI AL 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 18.00

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