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RIP, Herman Franks

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Smasher_Sloan, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Former manager of the Giants and Cubs, and the man for whom the term "crusty" was invented, dies at 95:


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  2. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Also one of the key figures in the stolen-sign business that helped the Giants win the 1951 NL pennant.

  3. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Brickhouse and Herman reunited.
  4. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    I remember reading a funny story years ago about Franks and Masanori Murakami, the Japanese pitcher who played with the Giants in 1965. Seems Franks was getting frustrated at his inability to communicate with the pitcher, and Willie Mays and another player stepped forward and offered to teach Murakami some basic English, so they could at least reach some kind of understanding during mound conferences.

    Well, a few days after the English lessons supposedly started, Franks comes out to lift Murakami for another pitcher, and right when he gets to the mound, Murakami tells him "Take a hike, Fatso."
  5. I almost choked on my sandwich reading that!
  6. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    There was a classic photo of Franks arguing with an umpire around 1979 or 1980. Centerpiece image in most newspapers the next day. Wish I could find it.
  7. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    Buckdub's probably watched that game 10,000,000 times.
  8. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Didn't find that pic, BTE, but did find this:

  9. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    First Preston Gomez then Whitey Lockman and now Herman Franks?
    Lee Elia better not buy green bananas.
  10. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    I saw Whitey Lockman play as a Cub.
  11. Corky Ramirez up on 94th St.

    Corky Ramirez up on 94th St. Well-Known Member

    That was a good read.
  12. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    OK, I just spit Diet Coke all over my keyboard!
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