Frank Funk

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1964 Topps #289 Frank Funk

Franklin Ray Funk

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Biographical Information[edit]

Frank Funk is best remembered for his 1961 season with the Cleveland Indians, when he won 11 games, lost 11 games, and had 11 saves. He pitched four years in the big leagues, and his ERA was well below the league ERA each year. All his appearances were as a reliever.

Even though his 1960-1962 Cleveland Indians teams finished under .500 each year, Funk was at or above .500 each year.

Funk later became a minor league manager and major league coach. He managed the Decatur Commodores from 1969 to 1971 and the Fresno Giants in 1972 and 1973. He was a San Francisco Giants coach in 1976 and a coach for the Peninsula Pilots in 1980. Funk spent two stints on the Seattle Mariners big league staff, from 1980 to 1981 and again in 1983 and 1984. After serving as skipper of the Eugene Emeralds in 1985, he was pitching coach of the Omaha Royals in 1986-1987, stepping in to replace managers both years. He was a Kansas City Royals coach from 1988 to 1990. After leaving the Royals, he managed the Cedar Rapids Reds in 1991. He was pitching coach of the Nashville Sounds in 1992 and Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 1993-1995. Funk spent three years as the Colorado Rockies Pitching Coach, from 1996 to 1998.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1969 Decatur Commodores Midwest League 53-66 5th San Francisco Giants none
1970 Decatur Commodores Midwest League 63-56 3rd San Francisco Giants
1971 Decatur Commodores Midwest League 54-70 8th San Francisco Giants
1972 Fresno Giants California League 74-64 4th San Francisco Giants
1973 Fresno Giants California League 69-71 6th San Francisco Giants
1985 Eugene Emeralds Northwest League 40-34 1st (t) Kansas City Royals Lost League Finals
1986 Omaha Royals American Association 32-34 4th Kansas City Royals replaced John Boles (40-36) on June 25
1987 Omaha Royals American Association 2-7 7th Kansas City Royals replaced John Wathan (62-69) on August 27
1991 Cedar Rapids Reds Midwest League 66-74 10th Cincinnati Reds

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