Frankie Frisch

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Frankie Frisch

Original Name Frank Francis Frisch
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Death 12 Mar 1973 (aged 75)
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Section 90/91, Birch Hill Plot, Lot 12092
Memorial ID 369 View Source
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Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player. He started his career after graduating from Fordham University, where he excelled in four different sports, and earned the nickname "The Fordham Flash." Upon graduation from Fordham, he signed with the New York Giants, and moved directly into the majors in 1919 without ever playing in the minor leagues. He finished third in the National League for stolen bases and seventh for runs batted in during his first full season in 1920. The manager of the Giants, John McGraw, was so taken by his performance that he appointed him as team captain. He played second and third base for several years, but during the 1923 season he was solidified as a second baseman. A switch-hitter who could throw right-handed, he batted .300 in the last few season he played for New York, and in 1921 he set the National Leagues record with 48 bases stolen, set the record in 1923 for number of hits and in 1924 for runs. He led the Giants to the World Series in 1921 and 1922 and won the National League pennant in 1923 and 1924. Frankie Frisch was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals after the 1926 season, which had seen in August 1926 a loss where he missed a sign, and McGraw castigated him in front of his team. Frisch left the team after that incident and ended his relationship with McGraw. He played second base again for the Cardinals and played in four World Series during the 1928, 1930, 1931 and 1934 seasons. The team was then known as the "Gashouse Gang" during his time with the team in the early 1930's. He played eleven season for the Cardinals, being voted Most Valuable Player in 1931 for the National League. He became player-manager for the Cardinals in 1933 and played for the National League in the All-Star Games during the 1933, 1934 and 1935 seasons. Through his play and leadership the Cardinals would win the World Series in 1934. Frankie Frisch retired in 1937, and finished with a .316 batting average with 2,880 hits, 1,532 runs, 105 home runs and 1,244 runs batted in, as well as 419 stolen bases. He held the switch-hitter hits record until it was broken in 1977 by Pete Rose. In 1947, Frankie Frisch was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and continued to manage the Cardinals. In the 1950s he worked as an announcer and coach for the New York Giants, his trademark becoming, "Oh, those bases on ball!" In his later years he joined the Hall of Fame's Committee on Baseball Veterans, which was the entity that elected early era ball players to the Hall of Fame. He died in 1973 from complications from a car accident.

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frankie Frisch (9 Sep 1897–12 Mar 1973), Find a Grave Memorial ID 369, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .