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Charles Sylvester "Chick" Stahl (January 10 1873 - March 28 1907) was a American outfielder in Major League Baseball who was among the most feared and consistent hitters in his time. In his rookie 1897 season with the Boston Beaneaters, he batted .354, and over his first six seasons, he averaged over .300. In 1899, he had six hits in a game, and in the 1903 World Series, he hit three triples. By 1904, including his time with the Pilgrims and the Beaneaters, Stahl had been a key part of four pennant winning teams in seven seasons.

In 1906, he was named manager of the Boston Red Sox after his friend Jimmy Collins decided to focus on his playing, and with the club's management opting for a change following some mediocre season by the Boston club. Stahl committed suicide during the 1907 spring training in West Baden, Indiana by drinking four ounces of carbolic acid. The reasoning behind Stahl's suicide has remained a mystery for over a century. He was known as a carefree, fun-loving man and had many love affairs going on throughout the country. He mentioned suicide days before in Louisville, Ky., prompting some teammates to take the carbolic acid from him. His suicide note read "Boys, I just couldn't help it. It drove me to it."[1] What "it" exactly was remains a mystery. Cy Young reluctantly took over as manager to start the 1907 season, but he was replaced six games into the season. Stahl's widow mysteriously died one year later.[2]

Chick Stahl was not related to Jake Stahl, despite contemporary baseball sources listing them as brothers.

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  1. ""Chick" Stahl A Suicide; Late Boston Manager Takes Carbolic Acid At West Baden", The New York Times, March 29, 1907, p. 11. Retrieved on 2007-07-22.
  2. Bill Ferber (2007) A Game of Baseball: The Orioles, The Beaneaters and The Battle For The 1897 Pennant, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 9780803211360, pg. 251
Preceded by:
Jimmy Collins
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by:
Cy Young

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