Frankie Frisch

Birthdate 9/9/1898
Death Date 5/12/1973
Debut Year 1919
Year of Induction 1947
Teams Cardinals, Giants
Positions Second Base, Shortstop, Third Base

Frankie Frisch has the highest career batting average (.316) among switch-hitting players enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

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Frisch vows to do a "thorough job" as a member of the Veterans Committee; he failed

After a no-doubt Hall of Fame playing career in which he established the highest lifetime average among inducted switch hitters, Frisch became a voting member of the Hall’s Veterans Committee. Once there he ascended
Frank Frisch autograph from 1937

Frank Frisch autograph from 1937

Frank Frisch attended Fordham University, starring in baseball, football, basketball, and track. His athletic prowess earned him the nickname, “The Fordham Flash”. Frisch’s flowing signature is shown here on a card from a Daytona Beach hotel. Below his autograph Frisch has written,
Frank Frisch signed note with notation

Frank Frisch signed note with notation

“To Jim Be a good boy ‘The Old Flash’ Frank Frisch” can be seen here on this note penned by Frankie Frisch. The National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1931, Frisch played in each of the first three All Star games. Upon retirement as a player Frisch became a manager, a position he held for 16

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Frankie Frisch’s Vets Committee selections defined and damaged the Hall

January 4th, 2017 Leave a comment

Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, and Cy Young are in everyone’s Hall of Fame. Marginal players like the ones selected on Frankie Frisch’s watch on the Veterans Committee have helped define and damage the Hall of Fame.

His five most glaring selections — George Kelly, Jesse Haines, Dave Bancroft, Ross Youngs, and Chick Hafey have ignited many arguments. Here’s a big reason why: Imagine if your favorite player is Keith Hernandez and you think he should be in Cooperstown. He’s flat out a better first baseman than George Kelly. Hernandez was in fact a better player than any of the five Frisch selections. There are likely hundreds of players better than the Frisch Five.

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