Date and Place of Birth: July 30, 1908 Buffalo, New York
Died: May 8, 1977 Buffalo, New York
Rank: Yeoman Third Class
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: United States
Frank A “Frankie” Pytlak was born on July 30,
Pytlak was back with
Pytlak was back with the Indians in 1933,
mainly as a back-up catcher. His best year was 1937, when he played
125 games, batted .315 and even stole 16 bases. The following year,
on October 2, 1938, he was behind the plate when Bob Feller set a
modern major league record of 18 strikeouts against the Tigers.
Pytlak was traded to the Red Sox in 1941 – his
tenth season in the majors - and as their first-string catcher he
appeared in 106 games and batted .271. Expecting to be called by his
draft board in 1942, Pytlak contacted Mickey Cochrane at
|Great Lakes team 1942|
Pytlak was 37 when he was discharged from military service on September 1, 1945, and played nine games with the Red Sox before the season finished. The following year he was used sparingly, appearing in only four games and was released in August 1946.
Frankie Pytlak passed away at
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