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Frank Arellanes

Frank Arellanes
Born: (1882-01-28)January 28, 1882
Santa Cruz, California
Died: December 13, 1918(1918-12-13) (aged 36)
San Jose, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 28, 1908, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
August 14, 1910, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 24-22
Earned run average 2.28
Strikeouts 148

Frank Julián Arellanes [ah-ray-yah'-ness] (January 28, 1882 – December 13, 1918) was a professional baseball starting pitcher. He played three seasons in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox from 1908 through 1910. Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 180 lb, he batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Born in Santa Cruz, California, Arellanes attended Santa Clara University before joining the Boston Red Sox during the 1908 midseason. He posted a 4–3 record and a 1.82 ERA in eight starts, including a one-hit victory against the Philadelphia Athletics. His most productive season came in 1909, when he recorded 16 wins with a 2.18 ERA as the replacement of Cy Young in the pitching rotation, leading the American League in games finished (15) and saves (eight). His 1910 season was interrupted by illness and he finished at 4–7, 2.88 in 18 games. He ended the year with the Sacramento Solons of the Pacific Coast League, where he pitched a nine-inning no-hitter, losing a 2–0 game.[2][3]

In a three-season career, Arellanes posted a 24–22 record with 148 strikeouts and a 2.28 ERA in 409⅔ innings of work. A strong control pitcher, he allowed 85 walks for a 1.86 BB/9IP.

Arellanes died in San Jose, California at age 36, a victim of the Spanish flu pandemic.[4]


Arellanes is commonly believed to be the first Mexican-American to play baseball in the major leagues. However, Sandy Nava was the first known Mexican-American to play in the majors, when he joined the 1882 Providence Grays of the National League.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Baseball Reference – major league profile
  2. ^ Retrosheet – major league career
  3. ^ Baseball Reference – minor league career
  4. ^ Find A Grave website – Obituary
  5. ^ Sandy Nava at Baseball Reference

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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