Frank Thyne

Francis "Frank" P. Thyne, born March 2nd, 1870 in Lowell, MA1 , was a professional baseball player manager. Thyne managed the 1895 Little Rock Rosebuds.


The Enid Democrat, 11/30/1895.
The Enid Democrat, 11/30/1895.


"Frank P. Thyne, who managed the Little Rock team, of the Southern Association, during the past season, was born March 2nd, 1870, at Lowell, Mass., where he began his base ball career as a catcher, playing with different amateur teams of that city. He started out as a professional in 1890, as a catcher for the McKeesport Club, of the Tri-State league. During the season of 1891 and 1892 he pitched for the famous Burke Club, of Lowell, then considered one of the strongest independent professional teams in New England, if not throughout the country, having played and defeated nearly all the minor league and college teams in that section of the country. In 1893 Thyne was selected to managed the Saginaw (Mich.) Club, then a member of the Michigan State League, where he met with success until the team was disbanded on account of poor patronage. In 1894 he organized and successfully managed a team of professionals hailing from Lowell, who were known as the Lowells, playing games throughout the New England circuit, and meeting all comers, with good results. In 1895 he had several very encouraging offers to manage minor league teams, but finally accepted one from the Little Rock (Ark.) Club, to manage the professional team which represent that city in the Southern Association. Little Rock had a strong team, and at the time it was disbanded stood third in the championship race, only a few points behind the Memphis Club, which was then leading. The Little Rocks had gained such renown during their brief existence that the players, or a majority of them, were in great demand by the clubs of the major leagues, as well as those of the minor leagues, which speaks well of Manager Thyne's selection o players. He was instrumental in organizing the Western Inter-State Leagues. He was favorably mentioned as president, secretary and treasurer of the last named organization. He has also been for some years the New England agent for different Western, Southern, Pacific Northwestern and New England League clubs in signing young players for their respective teams, a number of whom have since made such fine reputations as to gain a place in the major league ranks."2


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.

1 Massachusetts Birth Records on Ancestry.com