Card: 1947 Signal Gasoline (card drawing by Al Demaree)
Frank Joseph Nicholas Dasso (August 31, 1917 – June 8, 2009) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cincinnati Reds during the 1945 and 1946 seasons. Frank played professional baseball for nearly two decades and spent ten seasons in the Pacific Coast League, five years before reaching the majors and five years following his big league days.
Born in Chicago, IL, Frank was sent to a Roman Catholic orphanage for boys when he was six years old, where a nun named Mary Rouck first got him involved in tossing around the baseball. After attending Lane Tech High School, where he never lost a game, he signed with the Boston Red Sox in 1936, where he roomed with Ted Williams.
In 1939, The Red Sox sent Frank to the San Francisco Seals as part of the deal in which the Red Sox acquired outfielder Dom DiMaggio. Following three seasons with the San Diego Padres in the PCL, and after Frank led the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts for the 1944 season, the Cincinnati Red bought his rights from the Padres.
Dasso first played at the major league level on April 22, 1945. He appeared in 18 games for the Reds during his career. He started 12 games for the Reds in 1945 compiling a record of 4–5, and made two appearances in 1946. He then went back to the Pacific Coast League and played for the Hollywood Stars and Sacramento Solons. In 1952, he moved to Wenatchee, Washington and joined the Wenatchee Chiefs for the last two seasons of his pro career as a player, coach and as General Manager.
As general manager of the Chiefs, Dasso organized a promotion in July 1953 called "Bust Down the Fences Night" in a game against the Tri-City Braves, in which attendees at the game were told that you could "pay what you like; no regular admission". Gate receipts from the 3,200 in attendance at the game was $1,251, an average of 40 cents per fan, earning the team more in profit from that one game than any three games they had played in that season to-date. He retired in 1953.
Dasso was a member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association; Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame; Italian Athletes Hall of Fame in Chicago; he was a past President of the Three Lakes Golf Club; and was a member of the Sons of Italy.
After baseball, he and his wife remained in Wenatchee, and he embarked on a career as an AllState insurance agent. He died June 8, 2009, in Seattle, WA.
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