Francis Michael Skaff
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.
- School Villanova University
- High School Lowell (MA) High School
- Debut September 11, 1935
- Final Game October 3, 1943
- Born September 30, 1910 in LaCrosse, WI USA
- Died April 12, 1988 in Towson, MD USA
Frank Skaff was a major league ballplayer and manager. As a ballplayer, he came from Villanova University, where he had been at the same time as Art Mahan, Ben Geraghty, Nick Etten, and Swede Larsen. Leaving Villanova in 1935, he made the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers in September 1935, hitting .545 in 11 at-bats.
He began his managing career as the third manager of the year for the 1946 Montgomery Rebels. He stayed through 1948, winning two league titles. He became a Detroit Tigers coach in 1965 and the following year, he replaced manager Bob Swift, who was ill, and went 40-39 at the helm. Skaff also was a member of the Tigers staff in 1971.
He was later a Tigers scout and died of a heart attack while scouting a college game at Towson State University.
He was of Syrian ancestry.
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