Frank Allen

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Frank Leon Allen

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Biographical Information[edit]

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Frank Allen came from the 1911 Southern Association Mobile Sea Gulls to the National League Brooklyn Dodgers in 1912 on the strength of a 14 win, 12 loss record. He suffered through three losing seasons with the Brooklyn team (in 1913 he went 4-18 - the worst record in the majors - despite a better-than-average 2.83 ERA).

He was making $2,000 a year in 1914 when he jumped to the Federal League at the end of the season. It proved fortunate for the 6'1" 158-lb Allen, who finished second in the league with 23 wins and six shutouts with the Pittsburgh Rebels in 1915. The highlight of his season came early, when on April 24, he no-hit the St. Louis Terriers, walking four and striking out two to defeat Bob Groom, 2-0.

After the demise of the Federal League, he joined the Boston Braves and continued to pitch well in 1916 (8-2, 2.07), but dropped off to 3-11, 3.94 in 1917.

Altogether, Allen spent six years in the major leagues, 1912 through 1917. His record shows 50 wins, 67 losses and a slightly better than average 2.93 ERA.

In 1928 at the age of 40, Allen reappeared in professional baseball. He had a 12 win, 6 loss record with a 2.46 ERA with the Gadsden Eagles of the Georgia-Alabama League. In 1930, at the age of 42, he played 12 games at first base for the Talladega Indians of the Georgia-Alabama League and had 48 at bats with 12 hits for a .250 batting average.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1915)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1915)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1915)

Sources[edit]

Baseball-Reference.com
SABR Minor League Data Base
Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition

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