Former Boston Red Sox third baseman Frank Malzone died of natural causes at his Needham, Massachusetts, home, the team said Tuesday. He was 85.
A six-time All-Star and a member of the Red Sox hall of fame since 1995, Malzone played for Boston from 1955 to 1965 and was considered one of the team’s best hitters in history.
During his 11-year run with the Red Sox, Malzone belted more home runs (131) and had more RBIs (716) than any third baseman in franchise history. He completed his playing career with the California Angels in 1966.
Malzone returned to the Red Sox after he finished playing and worked for the team as a scout, instructor and in the front office.
“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,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in a Boston Globe story.
He also instructed numerous major leaguers, including Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Jim Rice.
Malzone served as an instructor to many major league players, including Red Sox players Wade Boggs and Jim Rice, both members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.