Frank Smith (1900s pitcher)
Frank Elmer Smith was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1904 to 1915. He played for the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Terrapins, Brooklyn Tip-Tops. Nicknamed "Piano Mover" because, his offseason job, Smith was a mainstay of the White Sox pitching staff during the early 20th century, he won over 20 games in two different seasons. He stood at 5' 10" and weighed 194 lbs. Smith was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After attending Grove City College, he started his professional baseball career in 1901 in the Virginia-North Carolina League. In 1903, he went 18–13 on the mound, he was drafted by the White Sox in September. Smith made his major league debut in April 1904; that season, he was taught how to throw a spitball by Elmer Stricklett and was able to harness the pitch on his way to 16 wins. In 1905, he improved to 19 wins. Smith threw his first no-hitter, against the Detroit Tigers, on September 6, the final score was the most lopsided in a no-hitter in American League history.
Smith did not allow a home run in either 1904 or 1905 and kept his earned run average under 2.20 in both seasons, as well. The "Piano Mover" slumped in 1906, going just 5–5 with a 3.39 ERA. The White Sox won the World Series that year; the next season, he bounced back with 23 wins, although his ERA+ was below 100 and he led the league in walks. He lowered his ERA to 2.03 in 1908. On September 20, he pitched this time against the Philadelphia Athletics, he won the game 1 -- 0. Smith was the only pitcher in team history to throw two no-hitters before Mark Buehrle accomplished the feat over 100 years later. Smith had his best statistical season in 1909; the White Sox staff ace, he pitched a career-high 365 innings and went 25–17 with a 1.80 ERA. He led all AL pitchers in games started, innings pitched, strikeouts, he finished second in wins. In 1910, Smith was traded to the Red Sox in August, he was sold to the Reds in 1911. Smith spent 1912 and 1913 in the International League and led the league in innings pitched in 1913 while winning 21 games.
He finished his career with two seasons in the Federal League. After his baseball career ended, Smith went back to the moving business, he died of Bright's disease. List of Major League Baseball annual strikeout leaders List of Major League Baseball no-hitters Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference Frank Smith at Find a Grave
Frank Smith (British politician)
Francis Samuel Smith was a British newspaper editor and Christian socialist politician, who contested a large number of elections before winning a parliamentary seat in his mid-70s. Born in Chelsea, Smith was educated and ran an upholstery company in Sloane Street, he was active in the Chelsea Mission, through that joined the Salvation Army in its early days. In 1884 he moved to the United States to quell a secessionist movement among the Salvationists there returned to the UK as the first leader of the Social Wing of the Salvation Army. On the voyage to America he read Henry George's book and Poverty which introduced him to Georgist ideas. In 1890, he co-wrote In the Way Out with William Booth. However, he left the movement in the year, to involve himself in the labour movement, founding the Labour Army and Workers' Cry, a newspaper which he edited from two years. In 1892, he became editor of the Weekly Dispatch. Smith stood unsuccessfully in Hammersmith at the 1892 general election, but he was elected to the London County Council, playing a key role on the body until 1913.
He became a founding member of the Independent Labour Party, was its first parliamentary candidate, at the Sheffield Attercliffe by-election, 1894. A close friend of its leader, Keir Hardie, he drew on some experience in radical journalism to assist with the relaunch of the Labour Leader. Smith stood in Glasgow Tradeston at the 1895 general election, in the meantime involving himself in spiritualism and the Brotherhood Movement, emphasising that, for him, socialism was compatible with religion. After the election, he undertook a speaking tour of the United States with Hardie. In 1901, he resigned his council seat and rejoined the Salvation Army, but continued as an active socialist, becoming Secretary of the National Right to Work Council in 1908; the ILP was a founding element of the Labour Party, Smith stood under this label in many elections: the Taunton by-election, 1909, Croydon by-election, 1909, in Chatham in December 1910, Balham and Tooting in 1918, Birmingham West in 1922 and 1923, Nuneaton in 1924.
He won Nuneaton at the 1929 general election, his twelfth attempt to get into Parliament. Despite being 74 years old, he acted as Parliamentary Private Secretary to George Lansbury from October 1930, but lost his seat at the 1931 general election. Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Francis Smith
Frank Smith (Canadian politician)
Sir Frank Smith, was a Canadian businessman and senator. He was born in County Armagh in Ireland and in 1832 came to Canada with his family and his father established a farm in Etobicoke. Smith went into commerce, first working as a clerk in several Toronto stores, opening his own wholesalers in London, Ontario in 1849. After a few years of limited business, the arrival of the railway in London set off an economic boom and Smith prospered greatly, he expanded his business interests, including becoming the primary shareholder in the Toronto Street Railways. Smith made his fortune with the streetcar service generating record products by cutting costs, not replacing aged cars and requiring his employees to work 14-hour days, six days a week for $8 to $9 a week; when his workers threatened to join the Knights of Labor trade union he locked them out resulting in three days of violent protests. Mayor William Holmes Howland and the press supported the workers' right to organize but Smith refused to allow a union and criticized the city government for failing to maintain order.
In the end, Smith allowed limited pay increases but refused to allow a union and fired the organizers prompting a strike and the establishment of a rival, worker run "Free Bus Company", soon out of business when its fleet was destroyed by fire. Smith's actions alienated the Toronto working class Catholic workers among whom he hoped to build a political base. Smith sold his share of the TSR to the city in 1881 for $500,000. In 1866, he was elected mayor of Ontario. A supporter of the Reform movement that evolved in the Liberal Party, Sir John A. Macdonald persuaded him to switch his allegiance to the Conservatives and organize support for the Tories among the Irish Catholic community. In 1871, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada as a Liberal-Conservative and served in Sir John A. Macdonald's cabinet from 1882 to 1891 as minister without portfolio, he continued in the cabinet when Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott became prime ministare and served as Minister of Public Works, Controller of Customs from 1891 to 1892 following the resignation of Sir Hector-Louis Langevin.
Due to age and poor health he declined to continue in cabinet when Sir John Sparrow David Thompson became prime minister in 1892. Following Thompson's death in December 1892, Governor General Lord Aberdeen invited Smith to become prime minister but he declined, he agreed, however, to return to cabinet as a minister without portfolio under Mackenzie Bowell and Sir Charles Tupper until the Conservatives were defeated in the 1896 federal election. In politics, Smith was an advocate of the rights of Irish Catholics and lobbied for the appointment of Irish Catholics to patronage positions. In 1872, he lobbied Macdonald for the gradual release of Fenian raiders who had attempted military attacks on Canadian soil in order to promote Irish independence. Smith was created a Knight Bachelor in June 1894. John B Mather Frank Smith – Parliament of Canada biography Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online Thompson, Austin Seton. Spadina Story of Old Toronto Pagurian Press, 1975
Francis Marion Smith
Francis Marion Smith was an American miner, business magnate and civic builder in the Mojave Desert, the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland, California. Frank Smith created the extensive interurban public transit Key System in Oakland, the East Bay, San Francisco. Francis Marion Smith was born in Richmond, Wisconsin in 1846, he graduated from Milton College. At the age of 21, he left Wisconsin to prospect for mineral wealth in the American West, starting in Nevada. In 1872, while working as a woodcutter, he discovered a rich supply of ulexite at Teel's Marsh, near the town he would found ten years Marietta, Nevada, he staked a claim, started a company with his brother Julius Smith, established a borax works at the edge of the marsh to concentrate the borax crystals and separate them from dirt and other impurities. In 1877, Scientific American reported that the Smith Brothers shipped their product in a 30-ton load using two large wagons with a third wagon for food and water drawn by a 24-mule team for 160 miles across the Great Basin Desert from Marietta to the nearest Central Pacific Railroad siding in Wadsworth, Nevada.
Smith acquired properties at Columbus Marsh and Fish Lake. In 1884, Smith bought out his brother. While reduced operations continued at Teels, Smith now focused his energies and borax mining in Death Valley and at the 20 Mule Team Canyon mine in the Amargosa Range to the east. In 1890, upon William Tell Coleman's Harmony Borax Works financial overextension, he acquired Coleman's borax works and holdings in western Nevada, the Death Valley region, in the Calico Mountains near Yermo, California. Smith consolidated them with his own holdings to form the Pacific Coast Borax Company in 1890. Smith's Pacific Coast Borax Company established and aggressively promoted the 20-Mule-Team Borax brand and trademark, named after the Twenty Mule Teams that Coleman had used, from 1883 to 1889, to transport borax out of Death Valley to the closest railroad in Mojave, California; the idea came from Smith's advertising manager, Stephen Mather owner of Thorkildsen-Mather Borax Company, in 1916 appointed the first Chief of the new National Park Service.
Activity at Harmony Borax Works in Death Valley ceased with the development of the richer Colemanite borax deposits at Borate in the Calico Mountains, which were discovered in 1882 and began operations in 1890, where they continued until 1907. Initial hauling to the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad was done again by the 20 mule teams, but were retired as soon as a Smith completed the 12-mile long Borate and Daggett Railroad; when the deposits at Borate neared depletion, work began near Death Valley Junction to develop nearby claims at what became known as the Lila C Mine in 1907. Again, long mule teams were used in the early years while Smith constructed the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad connecting with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad across the Mojave River and Kelso Dunes at Ludlow, California. In 1899, Smith had joined forces with Richard C. Baker to form Ltd.. Together, they formed a multinational mining conglomerate, in which Smith had the controlling interest. Baker expanded the company's foreign acquisitions in Italy and South America and was responsible for capitally financing the corporation's expansion.
While operating at Borate, Smith purchased the Boric acid mineral rights at the "Suckow claims" at Boron, California between Barstow and Mojave and east of present-day Edwards Air Force Base. The incorporation of Borax Consolidated, Ltd. included the Sterling Borax Company and the Suckow Property. Though never developed by Smith's Pacific Coast Borax Company, his corporate successors have obtained all their borax minerals from the Suckow claims for more than 75 years, estimate remaining deposits will last for nearly as long, it is now California's largest open-pit mine, the largest borax mine in the world, where today half of the world's borates are mined. In 1913, Smith became financially overextended and had to turn over his assets to creditors who refused to extend new loans. After winning a lawsuit to protect his wife's interest in a silver mine in Tonopah, Nevada, he acquired mineral rights to a large section of Searles Lake in the Searles Valley over the Panamint Range from Death Valley, in northern San Bernardino County, California.
However, finding a profitable way to convert the extensive lake brines into borax and other important commercial mineral salts products proved elusive for a decade. In the meantime, he outbid the new owners of his company for the rights to a rich borax discovery in Nevada's Muddy Mountains, near Callville Wash, north of present-day Lake Mead and south of Muddy Mountain, he called his operations there the Anniversary Mine as the claims were acquired on the anniversary of his marriage to his second wife. The profits from this claim provided the capital to develop the Searles Lake deposits when a young chemist, Henry Helmers, discovered a profitable process for refining the lake brines into marketable products, he built the Trona Railway, a Short-line railroad, to ship the products to the Union Pacific Railroad connection at Searles, California. The operation and railroad is now under Searles Valley Minerals. Smith married Mary Rebecca Thompson Wright in 1875. After living in Nevada for a few years they settled in Oakland, California in 1881.
Following Mollie's death in 1905 at age 55, he remarried in 1906 to Evelyn Kate Ellis. In 1882 Smith began accumulati
Frank L. Smith Bank
The Frank L. Smith Bank, now known as the Dwight Banking Center of Peoples National Bank of Kewanee, is a bank building in Dwight, United States, designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright's earliest designs for the building date to 1904, but it was constructed in 1905 and opened in 1906; the design of the bank building deliberately rejects the classical influences common at the time, is meant to evoke an air of simple dignity. Frank Lloyd Wright's early designs for the Smith Bank date to 1904; the building, located in downtown Dwight, was constructed in 1905 to a Wright design. Wright designed the bank building to house the real estate office and bank of Frank L. Smith, a prominent local citizen who would be elected to Congress. Smith had decided that his real estate clients needed a simple and convenient way to obtain financing, so he founded the bank and hired Wright as the architect; the bank opened for business in 1906. Wright was involved during design and construction down to the smallest details.
Letters, exchanged between Wright and Smith, show that Wright was directly involved with the design of the interior and furnishings. The letters show that Wright's final decision was implemented in most cases, though some of his changes caused delays; the building has undergone at least three renovations. During the 1950s the building was modernized: the biggest change was the lowering of the original skylight to allow installation of air conditioning, but the work involved covering much of the interior limestone and removing the oak trim. During the 1960s the First National Bank of Dwight, the owners at the time, remodeled the building once again; this remodeling removed Wright's designed partition which divided the building into bank and real estate offices. The renovation recreated the original skylight, uncovered the interior stone, utilized the original plans to reincorporate the oak trim. Around 1990 the building was expanded to the left and added the drive-up canopy; the building addition blends well with Wright's original design.
Wright's earliest 1904 plans for the Dwight bank showed a vertical brick block with a column flanking each side of the recessed central doorway. The early drawings show a large ornamental frieze on the upper portion of the building's facade, it is unknown why Wright abandoned these plans and opted for the design, used. The building, as designed and constructed by Wright, has a storefront facade; the design rejects typical bank building designs and their classical influences. The cut stone facade gives an air of simple solidity; the bank's design and location parallels Wright's belief that a bank should convey its own, unique character rather than "put on the airs of a temple of worship." Margaret Randall, in her 1996 work The Price You Pay: The Hidden Cost of Women's Relationship to Money, stated Wright's Smith Bank, along with his City National Bank in Mason City, was "designed to evoke our culture's worship of money."The building's most distinctive architectural feature is the fireplace, uncommon in office buildings, the structure's only feature to incorporate Roman brick.
The present-day structure consists of one open, interior space, while Wright's original design divided the building into two sections. One section was used as the other as the bank. Wright designed a full set of furniture for both offices, although much of it has been sold over the years. One of the pieces of Wright-designed furniture in the building was a round-backed chair; the chair was at least the second attempt at a round-backed chair by Wright. The chair has a bent-wood back, rounded seat and stretchers; the total integration of the design is less successful than that used in the Martin House. Other interior features include a now electrically lit skylight, oak trim, exposed stonework. Archival materials are held by the Burnham Libraries in the Art Institute of Chicago; the Peoples National Bank of Kewanee Collection includes architectural drawings and correspondence regarding the construction. Heinz, Thomas A; the Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright, Chartwell Books, Inc. Edison, New Jersey: 2006.
Build your own Frank L. Smith Bank, from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Ben Alexander (actor)
Nicholas Benton "Ben" Alexander III was an American motion picture actor, who started out as a child actor in 1916. He is best remembered for his role as Officer Frank Smith in the Dragnet franchise. Ben Alexander was born in Goldfield and raised in California. Alexander made his screen debut at age of five in Every Pearl a Tear, he went on to portray Lillian Gish's young brother in D. W. Griffith's Hearts of the World. After a number of silent films, he retired from screen work, but came back for the World War I classic, All Quiet on the Western Front, in which Alexander received good notices as an adult actor as "Kemmerick", the tragic amputation victim. Alexander played second leads in many low-budget films throughout the 1930s, he found a new career as a successful radio announcer in the late 1940s, including a stint on the Martin and Lewis program. Alexander acted on radio, playing Philip West in the 1939–40 soap opera Brenthouse on the Blue Network. In 1952, Jack Webb, actor-producer-director of Dragnet, needed a replacement for Barton Yarborough, who had played Detective Romero opposite Webb's Sgt.
Joe Friday. Webb had to wait until he was available. A few actors filled in as Friday's partners until Alexander appeared in the newly created role of Officer Frank Smith, first in the radio series reprised the role in film and on television; the popular series ran until 1959. When Webb revived it in 1966, he wanted Alexander to rejoin him, but Alexander had just signed to play the role of Sgt. Dan Briggs on the weekly ABC series Felony Squad. In 1969, Alexander was found dead of heart attack in his home when his wife and children returned from a camping trip. For his contribution to the entertainment industry, Ben Alexander was awarded three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television and movies. Alexander owned and operated the Ben Alexander Ford car dealership in the Highland Park neighborhood of northeast Los Angeles, from around 1953 until his death in 1969, a San Francisco branch was formed in 1959. In the mid-1950s, Ben Alexander's Dream House Motel was located at 1815 North Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Alexander ran a talent show for young people out of Oakland. The Ben Alexander Talent Show was broadcast on Oakland's KTVU TV, a local station in the San Francisco Bay Area; the Joseph Cotten Show known as On Trial The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford Dragnet - Officer Frank Smith Take A Good Look - Himself / Panelist About Faces - Himself - Host Batman - Detective Beside Trash Can Felony Squad - Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs Judd, for the Defense Dragnet Hayde, Michael J.. My Name's Friday: The Unauthorized but True Story of Dragnet. Cumberland House. ISBN 978-1581821901. Holmstrom, John; the Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Michael Russell, 1996, pp. 49–51. Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. 1988, p. 4. Ben Alexander on IMDb Ben Alexander at AllMovie Ben Alexander at Find a Grave
Frank Brunton Smith was a New Zealand cricketer who played in four Tests from 1947 to 1952. His father Frank played for Canterbury in the 1920s, he was a primary school principal in Christchurch. An aggressive middle-order batsman, Brun Smith played for Canterbury in the Plunket Shield from 1946-47 to 1952-53. After scoring 106 out of a Canterbury total of 194 against Auckland in January 1947, he made his Test debut against England a few weeks scoring 18, his highest first-class score was 153 for Canterbury against Otago in Christchurch in the 1948-49 season, when his 392 runs at 56.00 helped Canterbury to win the Plunket Shield. He toured England in 1949, scoring 1008 runs at 28.00, playing two Tests. In the First Test at Headingley he scored 96 in two hours in 54 in the second, he made 23 in the Second Test, was replaced by John Reid, making his Test debut, for the Third and Fourth Tests. He played in the First Test against the West Indies at Christchurch in 1951-52, top-scoring in the second innings with 37 despite a strained leg muscle.
It was his last Test. His Test average of 47.40 places him third among New Zealanders with 200 or more Test runs. He succeeded Walter Hadlee as captain of Canterbury during the 1951-52 season and led them to victory in the Plunket Shield. Dick Brittenden said, "Smith's batting was always violent brilliant. Not that it was always a sound proposition." In 1952 The Cricketer's New Zealand correspondent noted that, while the 1951-52 Plunket Shield season was characterized by an excess of cautious batting, "Smith went to the other extreme". He once scored a century before lunch for Canterbury, hit 155 in 62 minutes in a club game in Christchurch. Brun Smith at CricketArchive Brun Smith at ESPNcricinfo