Franks spent the majority of his life in baseball, as a player, coach, manager and briefly as a general manager. His playing career began with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1939. He got into 17 games that year for St. Louis, but stuck around the big leagues for the next two seasons, serving as the backup catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Franks spent the next three years in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a lieutenant and served in the Pacific Theater of the war. He returned to baseball in 1947 and played three more years, two for the Phiadelphia A’s and one for the New York Giants. Franks had a career average of .199. He had one at bat in the 1941 World Series for the Dodgers who lost to the New York Yankees. Following his playing career, Franks served as a coach for the Giants under Leo Durocher. In 1965 he became the team’s manager in San Francisco. He held that post until 1968. He also managed the Chicago Cubs from 1977-1979. He was the Cubs interim general manager during the strike-shortened 1981 season.
Franks included this card with his letter.
He died March 30, 2009.
Herman Franks – career stats