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Frank H. Motz

  • Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 160 lb.

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Frank Motz played three seasons in the majors, getting most of his at-bats with the 1893 Cincinnati Reds. He played exclusively first base in the majors, at a time when first base was an important defensive position. His minor league career started when he was a teenager, and he spent six seasons with Indianapolis in the Western League.

He graduated in the first graduating class of Akron High School, later known as Central-Hower. Source.

A SABR article states that he was part of the 1900 White Stockings for a while.

He managed in the minors in 1905, beginning the season with the Akron Buckeyes and finishing with the McKeesport Colts. In 1907 it was reported that he applied for a position as a minor league umpire.

"In forty-six games this player only had two errors, while in batting he was on top of the ladder. No wonder there was such a fight made over him by the Southern California teams." - Sporting Life, April 15, 1893, about Frank Motz's performance in the 1892 Western League
"Frank Motz is the objector of the Western League. He draws more fines than any two players in the circuit." - Sporting Life, June 1, 1895
"Frank Motz insists on playing, although the top of his left foot is as black as a piece of coal, and he can hardly bear the weight of his shoe-top over it." - Sporting Life, Sept. 9, 1899

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