Frank McCormick
Birthdate 06/09/1911
Death Date 11/21/1981
Debut Year 1934
Year of Induction
Teams Braves, Phillies, Reds
Position First Base

The 1940 National League MVP and eight-time All Star, Frank McCormick was on the 2016 Veterans Committee ballot for the Hall of Fame.

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Autographed George Brace photo of Frank McCormick

Autographed George Brace photo of Frank McCormick

After debuting in 1934, Frank McCormick didn’t make it back to the big leagues until 1937. The following year he became the Reds’ regular first baseman. The 1938 year was an All Star campaign for the 6’4″ McCormick. He led the league in hits with 209 while driving
Frank McCormick autographed 3x5 card PSA/DNA certified

Frank McCormick autographed 3x5 card PSA/DNA certified

The first season Frank McCormick played in at least 100 games was 1938. It was also the first of his seven consecutive All Star seasons. Overall he played in nine mid-Summer classics. Three times he led the league in hits, once each in RBI

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1939 World Series

Pro career starts at age 17 Gene Thompson enjoyed a pro baseball career that spanned parts of eight decades. Signed by the Reds as a 17-year old in 1935, Thompson played until 1950. Two years later at age 35, he embarked on a scouting career that lasted until after his 88th birthday. The highlight of his playing career came in his first year as a Major Leaguer in 1939. Debuting as a 21-year old, Thompson excelled in his role as the Reds swingman, going 13-5 with a 2.54 ERA in 11 starts and 31 relief appearances. Thompson wasn’t the only stellar performer. The Reds got 27 wins from MVP Bucky Walters and a league-leading 128 RBI from first baseman Frank McCormick. Cincinnati won 97 games to earn the National League pennant. Thompson’s Reds face the Yankees in October In the World Series, Cincinnati squared off against Joe McCarthy’s heavily-favored Yankees. After dropping the first two games in New York, the Reds tabbed Thompson to start Game 3 in Cincinnati. A win by the home team would put the Reds back in the thick of things; a loss would put them in a 3-0 hole against the two-time defending champs. In […]

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