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  • ID: I5554
  • Name: Fred Meloy FRANKHOUSE
  • Note: Photo available at: http://portroyal200.com/view.php?id=54
  • Date: 24 Jul 2011
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 9 APR 1904 in Milford Twp., Juniata Co., PA
  • Death: 17 AUG 1989 in Port Royal, Juniata Co., PA
  • Age: 85y 4m 10d
  • Census: 26 APR 1910 Milford Twp., Juniata Co., PA
  • Age: 6 Male White Single
  • AGNC: Roll ? pg. 97A, Image 10
  • Census: 2 JAN 1920 Milford Twp., Juniata Co., PA
  • Age: 15 White Male Son
  • AGNC: Roll 1576, pg 210A, Image 1
  • Burial: New Church Hill Cemetery, Turbett Twp., Juniata Co., PA Tombstone photo available at: http://pennsylvaniagravestones.org/view.php?id=16412
  • Residence: 13 NOV 1977 Port Royal, Juniata Co., PA
  • Note: 1
    FRED FRANKHOUSE AMONG LEADING HITTERS IN NATIONAL LEAGUE

    It will be interesting to local baseball fans to note that the name of Fred Frankhouse, of Port Royal. Juniata County's only representative in the big leagues, appears third in the list of Natioinal League hitting averages published Sunday. The statistics show that Fred has taken part in twenty-three games this season; has been at bat thirty-two times; scored five runs and made thirteen hits, one of which was a homerun, for an average of .406.

    Frankhouse, who has been St. Louis' most dependable relief pitcher this season is frequently called upon to pinch-hit when he is not pitching. Considering that there are one-hundred-seventy players in the eight clubs of the National League, his hitting average is truly remarkable. Local fans will probably have the opportunity of seeing Fred in action when the Cardinals come to Lewistown next Wednesday for an exhibition game with the Viscose Rayoneers.

    (Juniata Tribune - Aug 22, 1929)

    REPORTS FOR SPRING TRAINING:

    Fred Frankhouse, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Frankhouse, a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, will leave on Tuesday of next week for Bradenton, Florida, where he will train this year.

    (Juniata Tribune of 16 Jan 1930)
  • Date: 20 Jan 2008
  • Note:
    BIOGRAPHICAL INFO:

    FRANKHOUSE, Fred Meloy Professional Baseball Player

    Fred M. Frankhouse, youngest son of Charles D. and Jennie M. (Meloy) Frankhouse was born in Port Royal April 9, 1904. He went to the Port Royal Elementary school and Port Royal High School and was graduated from Lewistown High School.

    He began his baseball career by playing with local teams and in Perry and Dauphin Counties.

    He signed his first professional contract with St. Louis in 1922 and was farmed out to the following clubs: Ottawa, Syracuse and Houston Buffs. In 1927 he was recalled by St. Louis and won the first five games he pitched. He remained with St. Louis until 1930 when he was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers where, in 1937 he pitched a no-hit, no-run game. He returned to the Boston Braves for one year in 1939 and subsequently served as a pitcher and coach with Newark and Kansas City (New York Yankee Farm Clubs) from 1940 to 1942.

    He enlisted in the Army during World War II and after serving four years was discharged with the rank of Captain in the Transportation Corps.

    He is married to the former Mabel Skiles and lives in Port Royal where he is engaged in the growing of Christmas trees.

    From a History of Port Royal published in 1962
  • Date: 29 Mar 2005
  • Note:
    BASEBALL INFORMATION:

    Fred Frankhouse won ten or more games each year from 1933 through 1937. In 1934 his All-Star year, Frankhouse notched a career-high 17 victories for the Braves. With Brooklyn in 1937, the curveballer outdueled Carl Hubbell to snap the latter's record 24-game winning streak.

    A CHRONOLOGY:

    June 16, 1930: The Cardinals acquire spitball veteran Burleigh Grimes from the Braves for another spitballer, Wee Willie Sherdel, and Fred Frankhouse.

    May 21, 1935: With Babe Ruth leading the way with a Home run, the Bravs beat the Cubs, 4 - 1. Fred Frankhouse is the winner over Tex Carleton.

    July 27, 1936: Under rainy conditions at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers thrill a crowd of 485 by routing Cy Blanton and beating the Pirates for the 3rd straight time, 6 - 3. Fred Frankhouse has only one bad inning--the 3rd in which the Bucs made all their runs on six hits--in winning his 6th against eight losses. Frankhouse has five assists while S S Frey has none.

    August 27, 1937: Fred Frankhouse of the Dodgers loses his chance to pitch a full no-hitter when rain stops the game with two out in the eighth; the hitless Reds lose 5-0.

    December 13, 1938: Fred Frankhouse returns to the Boston Bees, and Joe Stripp goes to Brooklyn in a plawer swap. In a separate transaction, the Dodgers sent Buddy Hassett and Jimmy Outlaw to the Bees for Gene Moore and Ira Hutchinson.

    May 17, 1939: Boston Bees Pitcher Fred Frankhouse beans Harry Craft of the Reds and is accused of throwing spitballs. Boston won 6 - 3.
  • Date: 22 May 2006
  • Note: 2
    TRIBUTE TO FRED FRANKHOUSE

    This has been the most gratifying experience of my life," an overwhelmed Fred Frankhouse told his 400 friends and fans, who turned out to honor the former Major League pitcher on Wednesday. 72-year old Frankhouse, a Port Royal native and resident, was the focus of well wishes, gifts and speeches at Fred Frankhouse Day," sponsored by the Lions Club here.

    As the former Cardinal, Dodger and Braves pitcher personally greeted each well wisher following the program in his honor. Among the highlights of the well wishers, were citations from both the House of Representatives and the Senate, along with congratulatory letters from Congressman Bud Shuster, Senators Richard Schweiker and Hugh Scott, Governor Milton Shapp and astronaut James Lovell, speaking for the president.

    Other highlights included the presentation of a painting of Frankhouse's favorite photograph; swinging the bat for the Cardinals. The painting, presented by the Juniata Valley National Bank, was painted by Dennis Hutchings. A large sign, bearing the inscription of "Fred Frankhouse Field" was another high point of the evening. The sign heralded the dedication of the Little League Field in Port Royal in Frankhouse's honor.

    Frankhouse, who earned a spot of fame in the record books of baseball when he pitched a no-hitter in 1937, was joined at the dinner by former baseball friends Les Bell, Ray Mueller, and Billy Cox, all former team mates of Frankhouse.

    Fred Frankhouse, the only Juniata County native to play professional baseball, was the one wide-eyed kid baseball player on the home dirt field, who got that one chance in a hundred thousand, and reached the pinnacle of the Big Leagues as a "superstar."

    (Port Royal Times - June 28, 1961)
  • Date: 4 Mar 2008
  • Note: 1
    FRED FRANKHOUSE
    PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER

    Fred Frankhouse was born in Juniata County on August 9, 1904. He is the youngest of 5 brothers and sisters, one of whom, Margaret Frankhouse Lyter, aged 103, is healthy and still living in the County. In his teens, Fred pitched for his school in the old Dauphin-Perry-Juniata League and with outstanding semi-pro teams. At the time, the St. Louis Cardinals had an International Farm League in Syracuse, New York which picked up Fred to prepare him for the majors. He played in Syracuse, Ottawa and Houston until 1926 when he was moved up to the majors with the Cardinals. Fred used to tell the story that his friend, Roger Hornsby, wanted him to go with Chicanos but St. Louis which had him in the minors wouldn't release him.

    While with the Cardinals, Fred knew such greats as Dizzy Dean and Pepper Martin. Also on the Cardinals with Frankhouse were Hall-of-Famers Frankie ''The Fordham Flash" Frisch and Walter "Rabbit" Maranville, both of whom Fred later joined on the Braves. In 1928, Fred went to the World Series with the Cardinals but never got a chance to pitch as his Cardinals were beaten in four games straight by the Yankees. He did, however, receive a World Series ring with the rest of his team.

    Fred was traded to the Boston Braves in 1930 and had his best year pitching in 1934. That year he was chosen for the All Star Team and pitched the last inning of the game, the second All Star Game ever held. Fred was the fourth pitcher to take mound during the game and many feel had he been brought in earlier, the National League may have won as he shut down the American League during the inning he pitched. 1934 was Fred's best year with a 17-9 record despite missing a month of the season due to injury.

    In 1935, while with the Braves, Fred pitched in Babe Ruth's final game. Fred told the story that a ball was hit through the infield to the outfield. Babe, who was then 40 with a bad knee, started after it but couldn't get to it. The batter scored an "In the Park" home run and Babe just walked off the field. He remained with the Braves as a coach but did not play again.

    In 1936, Fred was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers where he played for Casey Stengel who he knew from his days with the Braves. One of the greatest moments of Fred's professional baseball career occurred on August 27, 1937 when he pitched a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds at Ebbitts Field. Though it was shortened by rain, enough of the game had been played for it to stand as a Brooklyn victory and a no-hitter for Frankhouse. His family treasures the ball he used to win that game which is signed by a number of his Dodger teammates.

    That same year, 1937, the baseball world was intently watching the pitching wizardry of Carl Hubbell, one of the all-time greats. By June of the 1937 season, Hubbell had chalked up an unbelievable 24 straight victories. Hubbell's 25th victory would be something to talk about for years to come so a record crowd, 62,000 fans, jammed the stands. There was little doubt he would do it against the lowly Dodgers but the Dodgers sent in their ''giant killer'' to do the impossible. Fred yielded only 3 runs to N.Y. while the Dodgers chalked up 10 runs of their own.

    In 1938 Fred was traded back to the Braves for his final year in professional baseball.

    During his career, Fred appeared in 4O2 major league games, 216 as the starting pitcher. He compiled 106 wins and 97 losses and had 81 complete games. Of his victories, 15 were in relief and he recorded 12 saves.

    Overall, he pitched in 1,888 innings, surrendering 2,033 hits and 701 walks. He finished with a lifetime 3.92 ERA and 622 strikeouts.

    After leaving baseball, Fred served as a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946. Casey Stengel wanted Fred to work for him as a scout but Fred chose to return to Juniata County with his wife Mabel to live the rest of their days. After returning to Port Royal, Fred started the Little League Baseball program and coached a team. He was one of the first Christmas tree growers in the County and worked a short time for the Commonwea1th.

    On June 9f 1976, his home town honored him with ''Fred Frankhouse Appreciation Day which attracted several hundred people including the late Billy Cox of Newport (former Brooklyn third baseman), Les Bell (with the Cardinals and Cubs) and Ray Mueller (with the Braves, Reds and Giants). The baseball field in Port Royal was named the "Frankhouse Field" in his honor and that same year
    he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame.

    Shortly after his death, Fred's family created a baseball scholarship at Juniata High School to keep Fred's memory alive and to support youngsters who play the game. Fred was nominated for consideration by the Juniata County Hall of Fame by Matt Bell who received the first annual Fred Frankhouse Baseball scholarship in 1990. Fred's family is very grateful to Mr. Bell and to the members of the Hall of Fame who selected Fred Frankhouse for this very important honor.
  • Date: 24 Feb 2008
  • Note: 1
    OBITUARY for FRED M. FRANKHOUSE

    FRED M. FRANKHOUSE, 85, of Eighth street, Port Royal, died on Thursday, August 17, 1989,

    Born April 9, 1904 in Port Royal, he was the son of the late Charles D. and Jennie (Meloy) Frankhouse. His wife, Mabel G. (Skiles) Frankhouse, died May 8, 1987.

    Surviving are: sisters and brother, Margaret Lyter and Joseph P. Frankhouse, both of Port Royal, and Martha Kauffman of Upper Darby.

    He was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin C. Frankhouse.

    He was a retired professional baseball player. He was a pitcher, known for his curveball. In his 13-season career, he played for three major league teams: the Cardinals (1927-30), the Braves (1930-35 and 1939), and the Brooklyn Dodgers (1936-38), after spending some time in the minor leagues.

    During his career, he appeared in 402 major league games, 216 of them as a starting pitcher. He compiled 106 wins and 97 losses and had 81 complete games.

    He appeared in the 1934 All-Star Game and in 1935 was a teammate of Babe Ruth.

    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a captain in the Special Services.

    He was a member of the Port Royal Lutheran Church, the Union Lodge No. 324 F&AM, Mifflintown. He was a 50-year-member of the Harrisburg Consistory and the Zembo Mosque.

    Services were held at the Rex Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the Rev. Dr. W. R. Zimmerman officiating. Interment was in the New Church Hill Cemetery, Port Royal.
  • Date: 4 Mar 2008
  • 3
  • Event: OBITUARY for MELVIN CHARLES FRANKHOUSE
  • ROLE: Brother 4
  • Event: OBITUARY for MABEL G. SKILES FRANKHOUSE
  • ROLE: Husband 5
  • Event: OBITUARIES for JOSPEH P. FRANKHOUSE
  • ROLE: Deceased Brother 6
  • Change Date: 26 MAY 2015 at 07:48:23
  • _GCID: 7911550D-8119-4422-AFB4-08BD4E707DFB



    Father: Charles David FRANKHOUSE b: 21 JUL 1872 in Walnut, Beale Twp., Juniata Co., PA
    Mother: Jane "Jennie" M. MELOY b: 7 APR 1871

    Marriage 1 Mabel G. SKILES b: 8 OCT 1906 in St. Louis, MO
    • Married: 1 JAN 1929 3
    • Change Date: 6 Oct 2002

    Sources:
    1. Title: Juniata County Historical Society Records
      Abbrev: Juniata Historical
      Author: (From Surname Files)
      Date: 19 Nov 2011
    2. Title: Port Royal Times Chronology
      Abbrev: PR Times
      Publication: Port Royal Times (Juniata Co. PA)
      Date: 29 Jul 2005
    3. Title: Peterson, Relations to Richard Nevin
      Abbrev: Peterson Family
      Author: PETERSON, Richard Nevin
      Publication: rickpetersen@earthlink.net
      Date: 2 Nov 2006
    4. Title: Juniata County Historical Society Records
      Abbrev: Juniata Historical
      Author: (From Surname Files)
      Date: 19 Nov 2011
      Date: 13 NOV 1997
    5. Title: Juniata County Historical Society Records
      Abbrev: Juniata Historical
      Author: (From Surname Files)
      Date: 19 Nov 2011
      Date: 8 MAY 1987
    6. Title: Juniata County Historical Society Records
      Abbrev: Juniata Historical
      Author: (From Surname Files)
      Date: 19 Nov 2011
      Date: 6 JAN 1990
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