Frank Joseph Parkinson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.
- Debut April 13, 1921
- Final Game September 27, 1924
- Born March 23, 1895 in Dickson City, PA USA
- Died July 4, 1960 in Trenton, NJ USA
Frank Parkinson was a defensive whiz without much of a bat. After a weak offensive year as a rookie with the 1921 Philadelphia Phillies, he tried power with the 1922 Philadelphia Phillies, hitting 15 homers to finish seventh in the National League but still posting an Adjusted OPS+ of only 87. He became a part-timer in 1923 and 1924, playing second, third, and short each year.
Defensively, he played shortstop in 1921 with good range. In 1922 he played second base, and one fan calculated that he would have won the Gold Glove by the Win Shares method. ( baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=33798 ) He also set the record in 1922 for the most chances by a second baseman in a doubleheader (of 18 innings). And in September 1922, he had 11 assists for three games in a row.
He was with the Toledo Mud Hens in 1926.