In Memoriam: Frank “Bud” Kane

We are saddened to pass along the news that longtime SABR member Frank C. “Bud” Kane, 84, of Webster Groves, Missouri, passed away on March 4, 2014.

Kane joined SABR in 1982 and was an active member of the Bob Broeg Chapter in St. Louis. He also served as the treasurer of the St. Louis Browns Fan Club for more than a quarter-century. As Bill Rogers reports, “Bud was somewhat of a walking encyclopedia of baseball with a heavy focus on the history of the St. Louis Browns. One of Bud’s many memories was attending the first night game in Sportsman’s Park against the Cleveland Indians and Bob Feller.”

Born in 1929, Kane grew up in the historic Dogtown neighborhood of St. Louis and was a Browns fan from childhood. In 2012, he self-published a short memoir, Hooray It’s the Depression: Memories of a Great Childhood, with stories about sandlot baseball, the golden age of radio, and his grandfather, John Simon, a well-known medical doctor and public figure in St. Louis in the early 20th century.

Kane is survived by his children, Kathleen (Fran Parr), John (Linda Daugherty), Joe (Anita Ward Kane), Pat (Aric) Schreiner, Rocky (Stacy Hayes Kane), Dot (David) Roknic, Dan (Colene Bucy Kane) and Jerry (Paola Jimenez Kane); 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Jane Frances Shea Kane.

Kane has donated his body to the St. Louis University School of Medicine.

A memorial service will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Hawken House, 1155 S. Rock Hill Rd. in Webster Groves.

Originally published: March 7, 2014. Last Updated: March 7, 2014.