Frank was a member of the 1970 MSA Championship baseball team and finished his senior year with a .500 batting average and a 5-1 record. Upon graduation in 1971, he attended Essex Community College for two years then finished his degree at Towson State College. Although he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1971, he bypassed the draft to play college baseball and was named a 2nd Team All American in 1974 while playing for Towson. After college, he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and played in the Gulf Coast League and then the Florida State League where his team won the league championship in 1975.
When his baseball career was cut short, he got his first “real” job was at the General Motors Plant on Broening Highway, where he started on the truck assembly line and worked his way up to supervisor. The Arab oil embargo caused half of the plant to be shut down; Frank was one of those furloughed. He found his way into a new career in the consumer products industry, working in quality control.
He is currently the Supplier Quality Manager for the McCormick Spice Company in Hunt Valley, MD. The Hunt Valley plant is the largest spice manufacturing plant in the world.
They receive raw materials and packaging products from over 300 companies world-wide. About his job he tells us: “I thoroughly enjoy driving continuous improvements from our strategic suppliers.”
But anyone who knows Frank knows that he has had a life-long love of baseball that started when he was young. “My father played for the International League Orioles in the late 1930’s,” he recounts, “and he went on to scout for the Tigers and Indians. Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and others from the New York Yankees would come to our house for my mom’s incredible spaghetti sauce. I was lucky enough to get to pitch batting practice for the Tigers and the Indians when they played the Orioles at old Memorial Stadium.” Frank recalls getting a personal hitting lesson from Ted Williams. “What I remember most about that,” he reflects, “was that he told me to NEVER swing level, always have a slight uppercut. This will match the bat with the downward plane of the ball and allow you to hit it squarely. He pointed out that the hardest thing to do in all of sports is to hit a round ball with a round bat squarely, coming at you from a distance of 60’6” traveling at over 90 MPH.”
Frank served as President of the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association and has been elected to the Maryland Baseball Players Hall of Fame. At Homecoming in October 2017, Frank was inducted into the Archbishop Curley Athletic Hall of Fame.
Frank married Sharon, the love of his life, in 1975. They have one daughter, Laura, who is a teaching attending at the Temple University Hospital‘s Department of Surgery and Medical School. He has 3 great-nephews attending Curley and a 4th coming soon. “They love it there,” he says. “Curley has been a great experience for them. They have matured so much as young Christian men it is hard to believe.”
You can contact Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org .