Frank Elton Snyder (May 27, 1894 in San Antonio, Texas - January 5, 1962 in San Antonio, Texas), is a former professional baseball player and coach who played catcher in Major League Baseball from 1912 to 1927. He would play for the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.
Snyder led National League catchers in fielding percentage three times in 1914, 1923 and 1925. Richard Kendall of the Society for American Baseball Research devised an unscientific study that ranked Snyder as the ninth most dominating fielding catcher in major league history. His reputation as a defensive stand out is enhanced because of the era in which he played. In the Deadball Era, catchers played a huge defensive role, given the large number of bunts and stolen base attempts, as well as the difficulty of handling the spitball pitchers who dominated pitching staffs.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- ↑ Frank Snyder at Baseball Reference
- ↑ Baseball Digest, July 2001, Vol. 60, No. 7, ISSN 0005-609X
- ↑ Dominating Fielding Catchers at The Encyclopedia of Baseball Catchers
- ↑ For Catchers, The Name of the Game is Defense, by George Vass, Baseball Digest, May 2005, Vol. 64, No. 3, ISSN 0005-609X
- ↑ Frank Snyder Minor leage Manager record at Baseball Reference