Frank Lane - Biography - Death and Reputation

Death and Reputation

Lane would gain fame (and sometimes infamy) for his many transactions, earning nicknames such as "Trader Frank," "Frantic Frank," "Trader Lane," and "The Wheeler Dealer" for the more than 400 trades he made in his career, including 241 with the White Sox alone. In addition to dealing star players such as Norm Cash, Rocky Colavito, and Roger Maris, Lane also dispatched future Hall of Famers Enos Slaughter, Red Schoendienst, and Early Wynn. When he also tried to trade the legendary Stan Musial, Cardinals owner Gussie Busch blocked the transaction.

Yet players were not the only people involved in Lane's transactions - in 1960, during his tenure with the Indians, he dealt manager Joe Gordon in exchange for Detroit Tigers skipper Jimmy Dykes.

He died in a Dallas, Texas nursing home at 84 years of age. In Bobby Bragan's book You Can't Hit the Ball With the Bat On Your Shoulder, Bragan wrote that he was asked by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's office to represent them at the funeral. Bragan would be the lone baseball official to attend Lane's rites.

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