Frank Brower

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Frank Willard Brower

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Biographical Information[edit]

Frank Brower was a right fielder who knew how to draw a walk. His major league on base percentage, in 450 games played over five seasons, was .379.

Brower started in professional ball in 1914 and was dealt from Reading to the big leagues, the Washington Senators to be precise, in 1920. On August 7, 1923, playing for the Cleveland Indians, he had 6 hits in a nine-inning game against the Washington Senators. He also hit into an unassisted triple play on September 14th that year against, the Boston Red Sox. First Baseman George Burns did the deed, the second unassisted triple play in major league regular season history. It was Burns, acquired by Cleveland in 1924, who would later push Brower to the bench. Frank tried his hand pitching, getting in 4 games in '24, with a 0.93 ERA in 9 2/3 innings. In 1925, he was sold to the San Francisco Seals, for whom he hit .362 with 36 home runs and 163 RBI. The next year, his batting average and power fell off and he was sold to Baltimore.

His nickname was originally "Tuckey", which people thought was "Turkey" due to his accent, and then the name was corrupted to "Turkeyfoot" to recognize his speed.

Main source: 1925 San Francisco Seals.

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