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Frank Snyder (baseball)

Frank Snyder
Born: (1894-05-27)May 27, 1894
San Antonio, Texas
Died: January 5, 1962(1962-01-05) (aged 67)
San Antonio, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
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Last MLB appearance
September 29, #REDIRECT Template:Baseball year for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting average .265
Home runs 47
Runs batted in 525
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Career highlights and awards

Frank Elton Snyder (May 27, 1894 in San Antonio, Texas – January 5, 1962 in San Antonio, Texas), was an American professional baseball player and coach. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher from 1912 to 1927 for the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.[1] Nicknamed Pancho, Snyder was of Mexican descent on his mother's side.[2]

Major league career

Snyder began his major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1912 at the age of 18.[1] He was traded to the New York Giants in the middle of the 1919 season.[3] Snyder was a member of John McGraw's New York Giants teams that won four consecutive National League pennants between

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  2. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year and, played on two World Series winners in 1921 and 1922.[1] During that period, Snyder posted a batting average above .300 three times, with a .320 average in 1921, a .343 average in 1922 and a .302 average in 1924.[1] Snyder hit the first major league home run in the history of Braves Field in 1922.[4] It was the first home run hit in the seven seasons played at the cavernous ballpark. In 1926, he was selected off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals.[1] He played for the Cardinals in 1927 before retiring at the end of the season at the age of 33.[1]

Career statistics

In a 16-year career, Snyder played in 1392 games, accumulating 1122 hits in 4229 at bats for a .265 career batting average along with 44 triples, 47 home runs and 525 runs batted in.[1] A good defensive player, his .981 career fielding average was 8 points higher than the league average over the span of his playing career.[1] Snyder led National League catchers in fielding percentage three times: in 1914, 1923 and 1925.[5] He also led the league twice in putouts and caught stealing percentage and, once in assists and in baserunners caught stealing.[1] His 204 assists as a catcher in

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Richard Kendall of the Society for American Baseball Research devised an unscientific study that ranked Snyder as the ninth most dominating fielding catcher in major league history.[8] His reputation as a defensive stand out is enhanced because of the era in which he played. In the Deadball Era, catchers played a huge defensive role, given the large number of bunts and stolen base attempts, as well as the difficulty of handling the spitball pitchers who dominated pitching staffs.[9]

Coaching career

After his playing career, he served as a coach for the New York Giants, and was a minor league manager.[10]

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