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Frank "Lefty" Schrieber

Inducted 2003

 

Biography

"Lefty" was one of the top semi-pro baseball pitchers in the area in the late 1920s through 1940. He played for such teams as the Elgin Cardinals, Kingston Tigers, Elgin State Hospital, and the Plato Cubs when semi-pro ball was a major part of life throughout the country. He was considered by some observers to be good enough to make the major leagues had he not chosen to stay with his family. Schrieber once struck out 28 batters in an 18-inning game. During one game, he broke his leg sliding into third base, but finished the game because he "didn't want to let the boys down." He was a lifetime .350 hitter, but pitching was his forte. "Lefty" compiled a record of 117-34 during the 1930s as a pitcher and one year was 17-3. He died in 1987.