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Frank M. "Wildfire" Schulte (September 17, 1882 - October 2, 1949) was an American right fielder and left-handed slugger in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs (1904-16), Pittsburgh Pirates (1916-17), Philadelphia Phillies (1917) and Washington Senators (1918).

Schulte was born in Cohocton, New York. Signed by Frank Chance after a brief minor league career, Schulte was a part-time player for the Cubs in 1904, playing in 20 games and hitting .286. He enjoyed his best season in 1911, leading the National League in home runs (21), RBI (107), extra base hits (72), total bases (308) and slugging percentage (.534); was 3rd in OPS (.918) and triples (21); 4th in runs (105) and hits (173), and finished with an exact .300 batting average, to became the first player in National League history to win the Most Valuable Player Award. In addition, with his 30 doubles, he became the founding member of the 20–20–20 club.

Schulte is also one of only six players in MLB history in the 20–20–20 club (i.e., 20 doubles, 20 triples, and 20 home runs). The only other players to accomplish the feat are Jim Bottomley in 1928. Jeff Heath in 1941, Willie Mays in 1957, Curtis Granderson in 2007, and Jimmy Rollins, also in 2007. Schulte is one of only 4 of them (with Mays, Granderson, and Rollins) to also have 20 stolen bases in that same season. Schulte is not related to Frank Schulte, the centerfielder on the 1933 American League Champion Washington Senators.

Schulte died in Oakland, California at age of 67.

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Preceded by:
Red Murray
National League Home Run Champion
1910-1911
(1910 with Fred Beck)
Succeeded by:
Heinie Zimmerman
Preceded by:
Sherry Magee
National League RBI Champion
1911
(with Chief Wilson)
Succeeded by:
Honus Wagner

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