Monday, October 14, 2013

Funk #289

Acquired from the Indians in November of 1962, Frank Funk spent only one season in a Braves uniform. According to the Milwaukee Journal, Funk probably would not have been acquired, if not for a falling out with Indians manager Mel McGaha. As it was, Funk did get traded from one tribe to another, and spent the 1963 season in the Braves bullpen- pitching in 25 games.

1964 Topps #289 Frank Funk

While he did have a card in the '64 Topps set, Frank did not pitch in another major league game following the 1963 season. He would, however, spend eleven seasons in the majors as a coach for four different teams.

Frank's 1964 season was spent between AAA Denver of the PCL and Toronto of the International League (which was an affiliate for multiple teams), where he would go a combined 7-10 with a 3.48 ERA over 53 games.

While a member of the Indians, Frank put up some 'funky' final numbers during the 1961 season: 11 wins, 11 losses, and 11 saves.

Nine Days in May
On May 14, 1961, Frank entered a scoreless game in the top of the ninth and pitched seven shutout innings against the Baltimore Orioles. Cleveland scored a run in the bottom of the 15th, giving Funk his third win of the year. Eight days later, against the Minnesota Twins, Funk relieved Bob Allen in bottom of the eighth of a 5-5 game. Once again, Frank shut out the opponent- going eight scoreless innings and picking up yet another extra-inning win as Cleveland scored 2 runs in the top of the fifteenth.

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