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Frank Leroy, pitcher (1910-14)
Bay City Cardinals baseball team.

Book excerpt. Louis & Frank Leroy, Indian pitchers. (Added May, 2010)

The American Indian Integration of Baseball, by Jeffrey P. Powers-Beck., 2004

Page 114. (Ref. Louis Leroy)

Not long after returning to St. Paul, Leroy proved his abilities were undiminished with a Class A no-hitter against the Indianapolis Indians on July 27, 1910: “The real Indian came back this afternoon and routed the whole tribe of make believe ones, practically unassisted.” Although it was his only official no-hitter in the minors, Leroy had pitched an even better game on July 15 against the Toledo Mud Hens: allowing no hits or runs for nine and two-thirds innings, before Toledo catcher Grover Land singled and the Saints lost 1-0 in the tenth. The St. Paul Pioneers Press reported, “After pitching runless and hitless ball for nine innings, Le Roy's superb record was shattered today ... when Grover Land accidentally pushed a single ... into right field.” [64] The no-hit performances became even more remarkable when Louis's younger brother, Frank, pitched a no-hitter for Bay City in the Southern Michigan League on July 18, 1911, making the Leroy brothers the first and perhaps the only American Indian brothers both to pitch Minor League no-hitters. [65]

Also a Carlisle baseball star, Frank Leroy was a right-handed pitcher bult very much like his elder brother but lacking velocity and spitball. Frank joined the Bay City Cardinals in March of 1910 and pitched in the Southern Michigan League for five seasons (1910-1914), as Frank Leroy, “Chief” Leroy, and as “Frank Lawrence.” When Frank signed his first professional contract, the Bay City Times reported, “[Manager] Nugent has been on the lookout for several good pitchers. One, an Indian, with whom he is dickering is reported to be a wonder and has a brother in the big leagues ... The youngster is a right-hander and has good control.” [66] The younger Leroy was a mainstay of the league for three years, going 15-16 and 21-10 for Bay City in 1910 and 1911 and 16-13 for Jackson in 1912.[67] On June 18, 1911, he pitched his most memorable professional game, shutting out Jackson with no hits, striking out eight, and doubling in the eighth inning to drive in Bay City's only run for a 1-0 victory.[68] Although he never ventured farther than the Southern Michigan League (aside from a tryout with Rockford in 1913) and never made national headlines, Frank Leroy, like his elder brother, participated in the athletic legacy of the Stockbridge-Musnee people.

Foot notes:

#65. Frank Leroy's no-hitter has been misidentified as belonging to his brother Louis, but Louis was pitching in the American Association while Frank was pitching for the Bay City Cardinals: Johnson and Wolff, Encyclopedia, 180.

#66. “He Wields the Axe,” Bay City (MI) Times, March 5, 1910, 6; Frank Leroy, Sporting News Player Contract Card, 1910-1914, Sporting News Archives, St. Louis, MO.

#67. Reach Official American League Baseball Guide, 1911 (Philadelphia: A. J. Reach Company, 1911), 456; Reach Official American League Baseball Guide, 1912 (Philadelphia: A. J. Reach Company, 1912, 407; Reach Official American League Baseball Guide, 1913 (Philadelphia: A. J. Reach Company, 1913, 407.

#68. “Leroy Makes An S. M. Record,” Bay City (MI) Times, July 19, 1911, 6.

Additional Notes.

Frank played for the Bay City club in 1910 and 1911, followed by one season at Jackson. During his short career he played in 149 games, 108 as a pitcher and the balance as an in fielder. In the games he pitched he had 52 wins and 39 losses. His batting average was .247 for 368 at bats.

    1910 - Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Leroy, Frank - single, age 21, born 1990 in Wisc., is among a large number of individuals boarding at the homestead of Clarence Walker.
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{Sports Pictorial}
People Referenced
Land, Grover
LeRoy, Frank (subject)
... aka. Frank Lawrence
LeRoy, Louis (bro.)
Nugent, (coach)
Walker, Charles
Subjects Referenced
Bay City Cardinals
Bay City Times
Carlisle Indian School
Indianapolis Indians
Jackson, MI
Southern Michigan League
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Stockbridge-Musnee people
Toledo Mud Hens
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