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Frank Foreman

Frank "Monkey" Foreman
Born: (1863-05-01)May 1, 1863
Baltimore, Maryland
Died: November 19, 1957(1957-11-19) (aged 94)
Baltimore, Maryland
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 15, 1884 for the Chicago Browns
Last MLB appearance
May 10, 1902 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Win-loss record 96-93
Earned run average 3.97
Strikeouts 586

Francis Isaiah "Monkey" Foreman (May 1, 1863 – November 19, 1957) was a starting pitcher who played in Major League Baseball between 1884 and 1902. Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 195 lb., Foreman batted and threw left-handed. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland. His younger brother, Brownie Foreman, also was a major league pitcher.

A well-traveled fastball pitcher, Foreman played for 11 different clubs in five different leagues. He entered the majors in 1884 in the short-lived Union Association, dividing his playing time between the Chicago Browns/Pittsburgh Stogies and Kansas City Cowboys before jumping to the American Association with the Baltimore Orioles (1885, 1889). He played later for the Cincinnati Reds of the National League (1890), Washington Statesmen (AA, 1891), Washington Senators (NL, 1892), Baltimore Orioles (NL, 1892), New York Giants (NL, 1893), Cincinnati Reds (NL, 1895–1896), Boston Americans (American League, 1901) and Baltimore Orioles (AL, 1901–1902).

Foreman enjoyed three solid years from 1889 to 1891, averaging 18 wins and 319 innings pitched per season, with career-highs 23 wins and 414 innings in 1889. In an eleven-season career, he posted a 96–93 record with 586 strikeouts and a 3.97 ERA in 169 appearances, including 205 starts, 169 complete games, seven shutouts, 169 games finished, four saves, and 1721⅔ innings of work.

Following his playing career, Foreman scouted for various teams. According baseball sources, he discovered future Hall of Famer Eddie Plank while pitching at Gettysburg College.

Foreman died in his home of Baltimore, Maryland at age 94.

As of 2007, he ranks 23rd among major league pitchers with 142 batters hit-by-pitches.


  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Baseball Library
  • Retrosheet
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