Frank M. "Wildfire" Schulte (September 17, 1882 – October 2, 1949) was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Senators from 1904 to 1918. He helped the Cubs win four National League (NL) championships and two World Series. In 1911, he won the NL Chalmers Award, the precursor to the Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award.
Schulte with the Chicago Cubs
|Born: September 17, 1882|
Cochecton, New York
|Died: October 2, 1949 (aged 67)|
|September 21, 1904, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 2, 1918, for the Washington Senators|
|Runs batted in||793|
|Career highlights and awards|
Schulte was born in Cochecton, New York, in 1882 to German immigrants. He played independent baseball as a teenager, despite his father's opposition to the idea. From 1902 to 1904, he played for the New York State League's Syracuse Stars. He was purchased by the Chicago Cubs in August 1904.
Schulte made his major league debut for the Cubs in September 1904. He played on the Cubs teams that won National League pennants in 1906, 1907, 1908, and 1910. They won the World Series in 1907 and 1908. In his four World Series appearances, Schulte had an overall batting average of .321.
In 1910, Schulte led the NL with 10 home runs. In 1911, he led the NL in home runs (21), runs batted in (107), and slugging percentage (.534). He also became the first player in major league history to have more than 20 doubles, triples, home runs, and stolen bases in a season. The feat would not be accomplished again until Willie Mays did it in 1957. Schulte won the 1911 NL Chalmers Award.
In July 1916, Schulte was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. His hitting declined, and he then played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Senators until the 1918 season, his last as a major leaguer.
In 1806 games over 15 seasons, Schulte posted a .270 batting average (1766-for-6533) with 906 runs, 288 doubles, 124 triples, 92 home runs, 793 RBI, 233 stolen bases, 545 bases on balls, .332 on-base percentage and .395 slugging percentage. He finished his career with a .966 fielding percentage.
Schulte acquired his nickname, "Wildfire", after seeing a play called "Wildfire" in Mississippi. He then named one of his race horses "Wildfire" and was eventually known by that name, as well.
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-  "...to German immigrant John Schulte"
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- "Frank Schulte Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
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- "Frank Schulte Married". Los Angeles Herald. June 27, 1911 – via California Digital Newspaper Collection.