February 14, 1870|
|Died: August 18, 1932
|August 15, 1893 for the Brooklyn Grooms|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 28, 1905 for the Boston Americans|
|Runs batted in||690|
|Career highlights and awards|
George Joseph LaChance (February 14, 1870 – August 18, 1932) was a first baseman who played in Major League Baseball between 1893 and 1905. LaChance was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. He was born in Putnam, Connecticut.
LaChance reached the majors in 1893, spending six years with the Brooklyn Grooms & Bridegrooms before moving to the Baltimore Orioles (1899), Cleveland Blues (1901) and Boston Americans (1902–05). He hit .300 or more five times, and from 1894 to 1899 averaged 25.67 stolen bases each year, with a career-high 37 in 1895. In that season he also led the National League hitters with 108 RBI, while hitting .312 with 38 extra-bases and 99 runs. While in Boston in 1903, he was a member of the first World Champion team in major league history.
In a 12-season career, LaChance was a .280 hitter (1377-for-4919) with 39 home runs and 690 RBI in 1263 games, including 678 runs, 197 doubles, 86 triples and 192 stolen bases. Later he played with Montreal and Providence in the International League and for Waterbury and New Haven in the Connecticut League. LaChance earned the nickname of "Candy" because he preferred to chew on peppermints rather than chewing tobacco.
LaChance died in Waterville, Connecticut at the age of 62.
- Snyder, John (2009). 365 Oddball Days in Red Sox History. United States: Clerisy Press. p. 384. ISBN 1578603447..