Frank Slocum Biography (1925-1997)
Born July 13, 1925, in New York, NY; died of cancer, May 18, 1997, in Greenwich, CT. Baseball executive and television writer. The son of a New York American sports writer, Slocum grew up around baseball and would later make his living as an executive in the sport's governing body and as a writer. He workedin the National League offices after serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II then worked as an executive with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and 1948. Slocum went back to the National League offices in 1949 and from 1951 to 1965 heserved as assistant to Commissioner Ford Frick. He was in charge of the All-Star Game, stadium operations for the World Series and commissioner/player relations. In 1963, Slocum started writing for television and radio, includingThe Baseball World of Joe Garagiola and numerous programs for NBC and the Public Broadcasting System. In 1969 he and Gil Hodges wrote The Game of Baseball. His other books include Topps Baseball Cards: The Complete Picture Collection; A Thirty-five Year History (1985), and Topps Baseball Cards: The CompletePicture Collection; A Forty-year History (1990). Slocum won the 1973 PeabodyAward for meritorious service to broadcasting and in 1986 became executive director of the Baseball Assistance Team, a charity devoted to helping formerMajor League and Negro League players with financial and medical problems.
- baseball executive, television writer
- Birth Details
- July 13, 1925
- New York, New York, United States
- Death Details
- May 18, 1997
- Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
- The Writers Directory: 1996-1998, St. James Press, 1995.
- New York Times, May 19, 1997, p. B9.