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Frank John Drews

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Infielder Frank Drews spent fourteen seasons in professional baseball from 1938 to 1952. His only season to reach the coveted .300 mark came in 1939 with the Leesburg Anglers of the class D Florida State League, when he hit at a .325 average in 124 games. Frank spent most of his six years (1938-1944) in the minors before getting his first chance at the major league game.

On August 12, 1944 the Brooklyn Dodgers traded Drews to the Boston Braves for Mike Sandlock and cash. He was in the Braves line-up the next day and appeared in 46 games but was hitting just .206 at the seasons end.

Frank was back in the Braves infield in 1945 until August 5, 1945, appearing in 49 games and hitting at a .204 clip and was sent to the Newark Bears of the International League where he finished out the season at the second-base spot, hitting .282 in 44 outings. Frank's big-league time was finished with a .205 batting average in 95 games and 288 at-bats.

The American Association Indianapolis Indians had Frank in the 1946 season and he hit .240 in 114 games and spent the remainder of his minor league career (1947-1952) with the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League. His best season came in 1948 when he hit at a .290 clip with nine home runs in 144 games.

1952 was Frank's last season in professional baseball and he left the game at age 36 with a solid 14 year minor league record, appearing in 1,557 games with 5,323 at-bats and 1,442 hits for a .271 career average.

After baseball Frank worked for the Chevrolet Motor Division's forge plant in the town of Tonawanda, NY from 1953 to 1969. He also was a member of the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame. Frank John Drews died on April 22, 1972 at the Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, NY. He was 56 years of age.





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