Frank Wickware

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Frank "Rawhide" Wickware
Born: (1888-03-08)March 8, 1888
Coffeyville, Kansas
Died: November 2, 1967(1967-11-02) (aged 79)
Schenectady, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
1909, for the Dallas Giants
Last appearance
1925, for the New York Lincoln Giants

Frank Wickware (March 8, 1888 in Coffeyville, Kansas – November 2, 1967 in Schenectady, New York) was a baseball pitcher in the Negro Leagues from 1909 to 1925.

In a nationally syndicated article written in 1915, it was said that Wickware "is another negro pitcher who would rank with the Walter Johnsons, Joe Woods or Grover Alexanders if he were a white man."[4] In the previous year, another article announced Wickware was striking out an average of 11 players per game, and in two games in a row struck out 34 batters.[3]

Wickware's signature pitch seems to be a curveball that appeared to be a beanball, but "his control is so perfect" that it was said he never "hit a batter in the head." But batters would jump away from the plate, only to have his curveball arch into place over the plate.[4]

Wickware served in the military during World War I.[citation needed] He played for the Mohawk Giants of Schenectady, New York.

At age 64, Wickware received votes listing him on the 1952 Pittsburgh Courier player-voted poll of the Negro Leagues' best players ever.[5]


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