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Frank James Malzone (born February 28, 1930 in Bronx, New York) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and right-handed batter who played for the Boston Red Sox (1955-65) and California Angels (1966).
Malzone spent 11 seasons with Boston and is among the all-time Red Sox leaders in several categories. He batted .276 with 131 home runs and 716 runs batted in in 1359 games. A free agent at the end of 1965, he finished up with the Angels playing 82 games in 1966.
Malzone made his Boston debut in 1955, going 6-for-10 in a doubleheader against Baltimore. In 1957, in his first full season with the Red Sox, he had a season-high 103 RBI and tied an American League record for a third baseman with 10 assists in a game. He became the first player to lead the league at his position in games played, putouts, assists, double plays and fielding percentage.
Malzone led the league with 627 at-bats and hit a career-high .295 in 1958. Through 1961, he tied a record by leading AL third basemen in double plays five straight seasons. He enjoyed his best season in 1962, batting .283 with 21 home runs and 95 RBI. He was an All-Star six times (1957-60, 1963-64) and won three straight Gold Gloves (1957-59).
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