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Ping Bodie
Frank Stephen Bodie   [born Francesco Stephano Pezzolo]
Born: 10/8/1887 in San Francisco, CA USA      Died: 12/17/1961 in San Francisco, CA USA
Weight: 195 lb.      Height: 5'8"
Bats: R                 Throws: R

Batting Pitching Fielding Salaries Achievements HoF Manager
YearAgeTeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOIBBHBPSHSFDPBAOBPSLGOPS
191123CHAAL1455517515927134971449117.289.348.407.754
191224CHAAL138472581392475721243418.294.358.407.765
191325CHAAL1274063910714884853557221.264.325.397.722
191426CHAAL10732721759532912112135134.229.278.315.593
191729PHAAL148557511622811774135340322.291.356.418.774
191830NYAAL91324368312634662724317.256.319.358.677
191931NYAAL13447545132278659153646417.278.334.406.740
192032NYAAL1294716313926127796144030012.295.350.446.796
192133NYAAL318751522012018802.172.242.241.483
9 Seasons 1050367039310111697243516832631224018160.275.335.396.731

Post Season

YearAgeTeamRoundGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOIBBHBPSHSFDPBAOBPSLGOPS
No Post Season Batting Records Found
YearAgeTeamLgWLGGSCGSHOSVIPHERHRBBSOERAIBBWPHBPBKBFPGFR
No Pitching Records Found

Post Season

YearAgeTeamRoundWLGGSCGSHOSVIPHERHRBBSOERAIBBWPHBPBKBFPGFR
No Post Season Pitching Records Found
YearAgeTeamLgPosGGSInnPOAEDPPBFP
191123CHAAL2B1603140740.910
191123CHAALOF128025624990.969
191224CHAALOF130020811730.969
191325CHAALOF119022614810.968
191426CHAALOF95017514820.959
191729PHAAL1B1090011.000
191729PHAALOF1450258321170.963
191830NYAALOF90018117630.971
191931NYAALOF1340293131360.959
192032NYAALOF129026412920.968
192133NYAALOF250322200.944
9 Seasons 10120193317980380.964

Post Season

YearAgeTeamRoundPosGGSInnPOAEDPPBFP
No Post Season Fielding Records Found
YearAgeTeamLeagueSalary
No Salary Records Found
YearAgeLeagueAward
No Awards Found
YearAgeVotersBallotsRequiredVotesPct.InductedCategory
193749BBWAA2011512.00.00995NPlayer
194961BBWAA1531151.00.00654NPlayer
YearAgeTeamLgDiv#GWLPct.Div RankPly/Mgr
No Managerial Records Found

Player Discussion

[Ping Bodie Topics] Nicknames
Ford Fricks Asterisk : July 28, 2007 11:30 AM

Ping Bodie was known for and by a number of things. However, his real name didn't happen to be one of those.

As you can see above, he was born as Francesco Stephano Pezzolo, which was Americanized to Frank Stephen Bodie. He picked up the "Ping" when he started playing baseball, because it echoed the sound the ball made off of his bat. "Bodie" had become his last name because it was one of the California towns he had lived in, and his uncle had played ball under that surname as well, because Italians weren't always welcome in the game at the time.

Bodie had also lived on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, which led to one of his two interesting nicknames -- "The Rockefeller of Telegraph Hill" -- although I have no idea what the source is for the Rockefeller part. Maybe it was simply because of Bodie's reputation as a braggart.

The other nickname that Bodie picked up in those days before political correctness was "The Wonderful Wop". The fun-loving Bodie was sometimes referred to as the first Italian in the major leagues, although he clearly wasn't. Ed Abbaticchio had reached the majors 14 years earlier, and was the first known major leaguer of Italian ancestry. Both Abbaticchio and Bodie were first generation Americans. However, it is possible that Bodie opened the pipeline of West Coast Italians to the New York Yankees (Lazzeri, Crosetti, DiMaggio).

Bodie is one of a few different players purported to be the inspiration behind Ring Lardner's fictional baseball hero Jack Keefe. Considering Bodie's time with the White Sox, while Lardner covered baseball for the Chicago Tribune, it's probably a bit more credible than some of the other candidates, although Keefe was no doubt an almagamation of sorts.

There are at least two timeless lines associated with Bodie. As Babe Ruth's first roommate with the Yankees, Bodie was once asked what the experience was like, to which he replied, "I don't room with Ruth; I room with his suitcase." Also, when Bodie was retired easily on a stolen base attempt, Bugs Baer wrote: "There was larceny in his heart, but his feet were honest."

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