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 Earl Coleman Francis

Earl Coleman Francis

Birth
Slab Fork, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Death 3 Jul 2002 (aged 66)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 174801119 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. For six seasons (1960 to 1965), he was a pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. Born Earl Coleman Francis, he excelled at baseball and football while attending Stratton High School in West Virginia. His football skills were noticed when he was awarded a scholarship to play on the collegiate level at West Virginia State College, however he chose to fully focus on baseball and pursue a professional career in that sport. Signed by Pittsburgh as an amateur free agent in 1954, he served for two years with the United States Air Force, prior to making his Major League debut with the Pirates on June 30, 1960. Francis pitched in seven games with the Pittsburgh team who went on to capture the world championship that year (1960). In 1962, he produced a career-high nine wins, with 121 strikeouts, while pitching in 176 innings, as he split time between the starting rotation and bullpen. On April 8, 1963, Francis earned a place in baseball history as the first Major League pitcher to face Pete Rose. In his first at bat, Rose drew a base-on-balls. In 103 career regular season games, he compiled a 16 win, 23 loss record with a lifetime 3.77 ERA, in 405 innings-pitched. After retiring from baseball, he worked as a meat cutter for a grocery store. He died of complications from diabetes.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Added: 3 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 174801119
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Earl Coleman Francis (14 Jul 1935–3 Jul 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 174801119, citing Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .