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Frank Malzone (1930 - 2015)

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Frank Malzone (1930 - 2015)

Frank Malzone, the Boston Red Sox's all-time leader among third basemen with homers and RBIs, has died, the team said Tuesday, according to The Boston Globe. He was 85.

The cause of death was not announced.

Malzone was a six-time All-Star who had a career .274 batting average with 133 home runs and 728 RBIs.

Malzone played for the Red Sox for 11 years from 1955 until 1965. He finished his career with the California Angels in 1966. He returned to Boston as a scout and instructor, and went on to work in Boston's front office. Beginning in 2008, he served as a Red Sox player development consultant.

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"We mourn the loss of a man we all came to know as 'Malzie,' who was venerated by Red Sox fans not only for his great glove at third base but for his blue-collar dedication to his craft," said Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.

Malzone hit at least 13 home runs every season from 1957 to 1964, the only American League third baseman to reach double-digits in homers in each of those eight campaigns. He played in every game in back-to-back seasons from 1958-59, starting each Red Sox contest from May 21, 1957 to June 7, 1960.

"When I first came to the big leagues in 1961, Frank was the guy who took me under his wing," Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski said. "I struggled when I first came up, and he took care of me and stayed with me. He was a real class guy, a very caring guy, and I owe him a lot. You aren't going to find too many people like him."

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