Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Red Sox Star Frank Malzone Passes Away At Age 85

(Leslie Jones Photo)
Frank Malzone, six-time All-Star third baseman for the Boston Red Sox in the fifties and sixties, passed away today at the age of 85. In 1957, a young Malzone finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting—hitting .292 with 15 HRs and 103 RBIs. For eight years he was a workhorse at the 'hot corner', playing in at least 148 games (topping 150 in seven of those seasons). Perhaps his best year was 1962, when he hit .283, with 21 HRs and 95 RBIs. He won three Gold Gloves—which in the era of Brooks Robinson—was no small feat. Malzone truly was one of the few elite stars on otherwise awful Red Sox teams. He was a player a young kid could be proud of. Rest in peace, Frank.