In Memory of Frank Malzone

From 1957-64, Malzone averaged 152 games, 16 home runs and 84 RBIs a season while batting .281. During that time, he made eight All-Star Game rosters over six seasons -- two games were played in both 1959 and '60 -- and started five times.

"When I first came to the big leagues in 1961, Frank was the guy who took me under his wing," Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski said. "I struggled when I first came up, and he took care of me and stayed with me. He was a real class guy, a very caring guy and I owe him a lot. You aren't going to find too many people like him."

Malzone owns Boston's longest streak of consecutive games played in the live-ball era (since 1920), having put together 475 in a row from May 21, 1957, to June 7, 1960. He ranks 11th in team history in hits (1,454) and 12th in games played (1,359).

When Malzone rejoined the organization as a scout in 1967, his advance scouting reports helped the Red Sox defeat the Twins for the AL pennant and come within one win of a World Series championship against the Cardinals. During his time as an instructor, his pupils included Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Jim Rice.

"I've known him a long time, ever since I came up. I took a liking to him," said longtime Red Sox outfielder Dwight Evans. "He had a good way about him, and I had some great conversations with him. He would always try to get me inside information on another team, and in Spring Training, all he would do is work with me on certain things. Balls down the line, fly balls, ground balls, to my left side, my right side.

"He may not have been one of the coaches on the team, but he was a coach for me, instructing me on the finer parts of the game. He would even throw me batting practice if I needed it. In some ways, Frank was like a big brother. I loved him as a man and as a mentor. He will be sorely missed."

Malzone is survived by sons Frank, Paul, John and Jim; daughter Anne O'Neill; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A wake will be held from 3-7 p.m. ET this Sunday at Eaton Funeral Home, at 1351 Highland Avenue, Needham Heights, Mass. The funeral will take place this coming Monday, beginning at 10 a.m. at Saint Bartholomew Church, at 1180 Greendale Avenue, Needham, Mass.

Reprinted from MLB.com

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