Tuesday, February 02, 2010

#371 Frank Kreutzer

#371 Frank Kreutzer
Here's the nattily bespectacled Frank Kreutzer, who the Senators scouted while he was working at the local public library. Full disclosure: This cheap joke is not to be interpreted as a dig at librarians. Why, my own girlfriend is a librarian.

Fun facts about Frank Kreutzer:

-Frank called Buffalo, NY home. He attended Villanova University before signing with the Red Sox in 1961.

-The White Sox drafted him out of Boston's organization after his first pro season, and he made his major league debut in September 1962.

-Won his first career start on September 28, 1963, allowing one run on three hits in five innings. Chicago topped the Senators, 7-2.

-Earned his only career save on June 4, 1964, when he was perfect against the Indians for the final four innings of a 5-1 triumph.

-Split the 1964 season between the Pale Hose and the Senators. It was one of only two full seasons in the bigs for Frank, and his best overall. He was 5-7 with a 4.10 ERA as a swingman.

-Had a memorable day on July 2, 1965. Three-hit the Tigers for his only career shutout...and hit his only career home run - a two-run shot off of opposing starter Hank Aguirre!

-Spent much of the four seasons from 1966-1969 pitching at AAA for the Senators, Braves, and Pirates, resurfacing for a disastrous nine-appearance stretch in Washington in late 1966 (0-5, 6.03 ERA) and two so-so innings in D.C. in 1969.

-In parts of six seasons in MLB, Frank was 8-18 with a 4.40 ERA.

-His eight wins rank fifth all-time among Villanova alumni. Turn-of-the-20th-Century righthander Red Donahue leads the way with 164...but you probably knew that already.

-Kreutzer allowed as many home runs (one) to pitcher Eddie Watt (three career HR) as he did to Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle (536 career HR). Baseball's an odd game.
#371 Frank Kreutzer (back)


  1. Gotta love a card that describes a guy as a "bespectacled lefty."

  2. Had to be really galling for Aguirre to give up a homer to the opposing pitcher, considering he couldn't hit anyone or anything. I was a Tiger fan starting back then, and that was one of the truisms of life - Hank Aguirre couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat. For example, he went 3 for 112 from 1960-1962...

  3. Doug - That description, along with the giant anthropomorphic sock cartoon, combine to make this one of the best card backs in the set. That's my 2 cents.

    sjhax - Very true. I posted Hank's card in December 2009, and there was some discussion of his hitting woes in the comments on the post.