Pop Dillon

Pop Dillon

Pop Dillon
First baseman
Born: (1873-10-17)October 17, 1873
Normal, Illinois
Died: September 12, 1931(1931-09-12) (aged 57)
Pasadena, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 1899 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 8, 1904 for the Brooklyn Superbas
Career statistics
Batting average .252
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 116

Frank Edward Dillon (October 17, 1873 – September 12, 1931) was a Major League Baseball first baseman with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1899–1900), Detroit Tigers (1901–1902), Baltimore Orioles (1902), and Brooklyn Superbas (1904). Born in Normal, Illinois, Dillon played in 312 Major League games with a .258 batting average. Dillon shares with Jim Greengrass the record for the most doubles hit on the opening day of the Major League Baseball season, with four doubles for the Tigers on the 25th of April, 1901.[1]

After his Major League career ended, Dillon was a player and manager for many years with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League. Dillon managed the Angels to pennants again in 1905, 1907, and 1908. Dillon was a cousin of Hall of Famer Clark Griffith.

Dillon was the player-manager for the 1903 Los Angeles Angels who went 133–78. Dillon at age 29 hit .364 (for a team that hit .266) and led the league in batting.

Starting as a professional player in 1894, he played through 1912 and managed through 1915. He had a batting average of .295 in over 2,000 minor league games.

After his playing and managing days he was an officer of the Association of Professional Ball Players of America.

Dillon died in Pasadena, California at age 57 in 1931.


External links

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