Frankie Gustine

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Frankie Gustine
Born: (1920-02-20)February 20, 1920
Hoopeston, Illinois
Died: April 1, 1991(1991-04-01) (aged 71)
Davenport, Iowa
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 13, 1939, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
May 17, 1950, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Batting average .265
Home runs 38
Runs batted in 480
Career highlights and awards

Frank William Gustine (February 20, 1920 – April 1, 1991) was an American Major League Baseball player who appeared in three All-Star Games during his 12-season (1939–50) MLB career. He spent the bulk of his tenure (1,176 games played) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, though he also played a season for the Chicago Cubs and played the last nine games of his career with the 1950 St. Louis Browns. He also was a coach for the latter two months of that season for the Pirates.

The native of Hoopeston, Illinois, threw and batted right-handed. He stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).

Gustine played all positions in the infield, spending most of his time at first and second base. He was selected to the All-Star game in 1946, 1947 and 1948. In 1,261 MLB games played, Gustine collected 1,214 hits, including 222 doubles and 47 triples. His best season was 1947, when he reached career highs in batting average (.297), hits (183), runs scored (102), and runs batted in (67).

His roommate during his career with the Pirates was Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner.

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