Creed Frank Bates
(born Creed Napoleon Bates)
- Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
- Height 5' 10½", Weight 156 lb.
Frank Bates, who once used the wonderful name Creed Napoleon Bates, was one of the hapless pitchers on the 1899 Cleveland Spiders who went 20-134. The previous year, he had pitched well in 29 innings for the Spiders at age 21, and in 2 games with the St. Louis Perfectos in 1899, he had also pitched well.
His only victory was in one of the most unlikely comebacks ever. While playing at home in July, the Spiders entered the 9th inning trailing Boston and their Hall of Fame starting pitcher Vic Willis 7-0. Incredibly, they scored 7 runs to send it to extra innings, and won 10-9 in 11 innings. After losing the second game of that day's doubleheader, the Spiders voted to spend the rest of the year as a traveling team because the crowds in Cleveland, OH were so paltry.
- Fewest strikeouts per 9 innings, season, 0.72, 1899