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Baseball Hall of Famer Ford Frick '15 to be Honored Tomorrow Night

June 7, 2007

ford frick.jpgJune 7, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Ford C. Frick, who served as commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1951-1965 and was a 1915 graduate of DePauw University, will be honored posthumously tomorrow night in Indianapolis. "Frick, along with other Indiana Hall of Fame recipients from Indiana, will be honored during an Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball game as part of a 'Hoosiers in the Hall' ceremony," reports Indiana's Kendallville News-Sun. The game starts at 7 p.m. at Victory Field.

The article by Bob Buttgen notes that Frick, who died in 1978, "will be represented at Friday’s ceremonies by several of his descendants, many of whom still live in Noble County. Frick was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970. Before becoming the sport’s third commissioner, he was a school teacher, sportswriter and radio announcer. He then served as National League president from 1934-1951, when he was appointed commissioner. After graduating from Rome City High School, Frick attended Fort Wayne’s International Business College and then graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, where he played baseball and ran track. After serving two seven-year terms as commissioner, Frick retired in November 1965."

Among the other 12 "Hoosiers in the Hall" to be honored tomorrow: Billy Herman (whose granddaughter, Cheri Daniels, and her husband, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, will attend the event), Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown, Edd J. Roush and Max Carey.

Read the complete story at the newspaper's Web site.

Frick was inducted into DePauw University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. Access his biography here.

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