Year Inducted: 1978 (p)
Nominated By: J. Ricci and Frank Golob
Sports Competed In: Football
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete
Before High School:
Frank pitched sand-lot baseball for various Pueblo teams until he was 17 years old, then was contacted by professional scouts.
Attended Pueblo Central H.S., graduating in 1936.
● Started pro baseball career in 1936 with Rock Island (Western League)...Other Minor League clubs were: Dallas, Birmingham, Minneapolis and Little Rock.
● Spent ten seasons in the minors before getting his ticket to the "Show" in 1945.
● Best year was in 1940 with the Anniston Rams of the Class B Southeastern League going 20-14 with a 3.31 ERA while pitching 269 innings for the dead last 61-82 Rams.
● Also went 13-8 with the Little Rock Travelers with a 3.40 ERA in 1943, pitching 209 innings.
● Posted a solid 15-16 record and appeared in 40 games, pitching 277 innings, with Little Rock of the Southern Association in 1944.
● At age 27 year old, the Chicago White Sox (Major League) brought him to Comiskey Park for the 1945 season.
● Played four seasons for the White Sox and posted a 25-29 record...In his first full season with the White Sox, he went 4-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 19 appearances.
● Returned in 1946 after many major leaguers returned from the War and went 7-5 with a 2.74 ERA.
● His best year was 1947 in which he posted a 12-12 record with a 3.26 ERA, pitching in 199 innings.
● In 1948, posted a 2-8 record and wound up being traded to the Cleveland Indians (American League) for Ernest Groth and Bob Kuzava and played through 1950.
● Didn’t see much of the mound with the third place 1949 Indians, used mostly in relief and appearing in just 25 games, pitching 62 innings and finishing with a 1-0 mark and a 3.19 ERA.
● The Pittsburgh Pirates would purchase Frank on December 14, 1949 and in 1950 the last-place Pirates would use him in just 4 games, with no decisions.
● The Pirates shipped him down to the AAA Indianapolis Indians, where he went 11-3 with a 2.81 ERA for the rest of the season.
● Would spend three more years in baseball, all in the high minors, with Indianapolis, Chattanooga and Memphis.
● Finished up his minor league time with a 142-141 record and a 4.17 ERA, while pitching 2,376 innings.
● Started playing professional baseball when he was 18 years old and finished when he was 35 years old.
An inspiration for American Legion and Semi-Pro ball players in Pueblo from 1938-1960.
● Played professional baseball.
● Worked for Gilmore Trucking Company.
● Worked as a deputy sheriff in Pueblo, Colorado, where he died August 30, 1965, at age 47.
He was the only native Puebloan who played baseball in the Major Leagues at the time of his death.