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Frank Julian Arellanes

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Frank Arellanes was an early Hispanic-named player in the majors. Born in Northern California, he also died in Northern California (at age 36) but in between he pitched on the other coast for the Boston Red Sox. His 2.28 ERA for the three years in the majors was better than average for the time. In 1909 he not only had 16 victories but also led the American League with 8 saves.

A notice appeared during the winter of 1910-11 that he had impressed Boston with his work in fall baseball in Sacramento, and that Boston was going to give him another shot, but he didn't appear for them in 1911.

Arellanes is listed as being at Santa Clara University in the years 1901-1908, at the same time that Hal Chase was there (1901-1904). He was signed by the New York Highlanders at Chase's recommendation.

Frank played semi-pro ball in his home town of Santa Cruz, CA before going to the minors at San Jose. His brother Abe Arellanes also played for the Santa Cruz semi-pro team.

The December 12, 1908 edition of Sporting Life featured his photo and biography on p. 1. It was said he started in pro ball in 1902, playing third base when he did not pitch. When he was signed by the Highlanders, San Francisco contested the signing and won. Then Boston purchased the rights to him from San Francisco.

While with Sacramento in 1910 he pitched a no-hitter against Vernon but lost the game, 2-0. He won 22 games for Sacramento in 1912. In his 11-season minor league career, all but one season were spent with California-based teams (the exception was a year with the Denver Bears in 1915).

Sporting Life had trouble with the spelling of his last name, often spelling it "Arrelanes" or "Arrellanes".

"Frank Arellanes, the young pitcher whom the Boston American League Club recently purchased from the San Francisco Club, is believed to be the only man of Spanish extraction in the national game nowadays, with the exception of Louis Castro, late of the Southern League." - Sporting Life, December 12, 1908

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL Saves Leader (1909)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1909)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1909)

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