Whirty: Frank Duncan’s baseball bloodline

From SABR member Ryan Whirty at Home Plate Don’t Move on February 5, 2016:

If any family associated with the Negro Leagues — with the exception of the Taylor brothers and the Bankhead bunch — has a strong bloodline in baseball, it’s the successive generation of Duncans.

Frank Duncan Sr. (né 1888 in Macon, Ga.) played mostly in the pre-Negro Leagues as an outfielder, with a career beginning with the Birmingham Giants around 1907 and stretching to 1923, when he closed out his playing tenure with the Toledo Tigers. Toward the end of his career, Frank Sr. did some managing as well.

His son, Frank Jr., had the most successful hardball career of the bunch, blossoming into one of the most respected catchers and playing managers for about 15 years in the 1920s and ’30s. He spent the majority of his time with his hometown team, the legendary Kansas City Monarchs, helping the franchise to three straight pennants in the 20s’, then guiding them to a league title and a Negro World Series crown in 1942 as a player/manager.

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Originally published: February 5, 2016. Last Updated: February 5, 2016.