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Frank Malzone, Former Red Sox Star, Dies at Age 85

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 7: Hall of Fame player and former Boston Red Sox Frank Malzone throws out the first pitch prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on September 7, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox won the game 11-4.(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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Tyler ConwayFeatured Columnist IVDecember 21, 2016

Former MLB third baseman Frank Malzone, who made six All-Star teams with the Boston Red Sox, died Tuesday. He was 85.

The Red Sox confirmed Malzone's death on their Twitter feed.    

“We mourn the loss of a man we all came to know as ‘Malzie,’ who was venerated by Red Sox fans not only for his great glove at third base but for his blue-collar dedication to his craft,” said Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, per the Boston Globe.

Malzone played for Boston from 1955-1965 and was an instant contributor after becoming a full-time member of the big league roster in 1957. He made the All-Star team and was second in Rookie of the Year voting his first full campaign, marking his first of four straight appearances in the Midsummer Classic.

A solid two-way player, Malzone also won Gold Gloves in each of his first three years. He enjoyed his best offensive season in 1962, hitting 21 home runs and driving in 95 runs. Because Malzone was a bit of a late bloomer—he was 27 during his rookie season—his reign near the top of the sport did not last long.

After returning to All-Star form in 1963 and 1964, Malzone's performance quickly dipped in his final two MLB seasons. He left the Red Sox in 1966 for a stint with the California Angels, playing only 82 games before retiring after the season.

Overall, Malzone finished with 133 home runs, 728 RBI and a .274/.315/.399 slash line. He returned to the Red Sox organization following his playing career, serving as a scout and working in player development for decades.

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