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Frank Matt Baumann
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[edit] Biographical Information

A much-heralded high school pitching prospect from St. Louis, MO, lefthander Frank Baumann was the focus of a bidding war. Bill Veeck and the hometown St. Louis Browns offered him a $30,000 bonus, but the Boston Red Sox tripled that offer and signed him in 1952. Given the nickname the "beau" (derived by the pronunciation of his last name) by Boston owner Tom Yawkey, he showed early promise in 1953 with a 10-1 record with the Louisville Colonels, earning a spot on the All-Star team. He spent 1954 in the Army, and overall was in the minors for six years. He played in the American Association, Eastern League, Texas League, Southern Association, and Pacific Coast League, posting a 35-22 record and a 4.15 ERA in 487 innings over 81 games.

Baumann had stints with the Red Sox from 1955 to 1959 but did not live up to his promise. Following the 1959 campaign, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox for Ron Jackson. He went on to have his finest big league season for Chicago in 1960, going 13-6 with a league leading 2.67 ERA. But he soon came crashing back to earth, posting a 6.15 ERA in the first half of the 1961 season. After five seasons with the White Sox, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Jimmie Schaffer, the first time the crosstown rivals had ever completed a trade.

Since his playing days ended, Baumann was in both automobile and appliance sales for a time before managing an ice rink owned by hockey star Barclay Plager. He was later a liquor salesman and was employed with the State of Missouri Lottery Commission. Most recently, he was in sales for the Crown Linen Company.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL ERA Leader (1960)

[edit] Sources

Baseball Players of the 1950s
SABR MILB Database:page

[edit] Further Reading

  • Paul Geisler: "Frank Baumann", in Mark Armour and Bill Nowlin, eds.: Red Sox Baseball in the Days of Ike and Elvis: The Red Sox of the 1950s, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2012, pp. 11-18. ISBN 978-1933599243

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