Interview with Frank C. Baumholtz, December 10, 1992
Project: A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project
Interview SummaryFrank Baumholtz, from Florida, was a Major League baseball outfielder. In 1947, he was a contender for the National League Rookie of the Year. He had also been a noted Minor League baseball player in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. He is also noted for his basketball skills while a student at Ohio University. He helped take his team to the National Invitational Tournament finals in 1941, and his jersey was retired in 1995. He played one season of professional basketball.
In this interview, Baumholtz discusses topics such as his early interest in sports, his recruitment by Ohio University, his being signed to the Cincinnati Reds, his military service during World War II, his return to baseball after the war, how baseball has changed since the 1940s, his being persuaded to give up basketball for baseball by Warren Giles, the Major League player pension plan, players he knew when playing for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs, Jackie Robinson, his (Baumholtz's) being traded to the Chicago Cubs, and his playing in the Pacific Coast League.
Interview KeywordAlbert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler Baseball Baseball Commissioner Chicago Cubs Chuck Conners Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Rebels Ewell Blackwell Frankie Frisch Great Lakes Naval Base Hank Sauer hitting philosophy Iwo Jima Jackie Robinson Johnny Vandermeer Major League Baseball minor league baseball Pacific Coast League Phil Caverretta professional basketball Saipan Stan Musial U.S. Navy Warren Giles World War II Youngstown Bears
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Baumholtz, Frank C. Interview by William J. Marshall. 10 Dec. 1992. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Baumholtz, F.C. (1992, December 10). Interview by W. J. Marshall. A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Baumholtz, Frank C., interview by William J. Marshall. December 10, 1992, A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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