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Herman Franks from the Chronology
Sep 24, 1979 - With a week to go Herman Franks resigns as Cubs manager and is replaced by Preston Gomez most recently a coach with the Dodgers. After resigning Franks criticizes a number of Cubs players including Foote Vail Buckner and Sizemore.
Nov 24, 1976 - Bob Kennedy is named head of baseball operations for the Cubs. His first move is to inform Jim Marshall he's fired as manager and Salty Saltwell‚ after a year as GM‚ is named secretary and director of park operations. Herman Franks‚ briefly a Cubs coach under Leo Durocher‚ will be named the new manager. Ironically‚ Durocher turned down a Philip K. Wrigley offer to manage the Cubs for the 1977 season.
May 31, 1968 - Don Drysdale's shutout streak apparently ends when Dick Dietz is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and no outs in the 9th inning but umpire Harry Wendelstedt rules Dietz did not try to avoid the pitch. Coach Herman Franks argues the call so long he is tossed by Wendelstedt. Dietz then pops out and the next two batters make out. Los Angeles wins 3-0 and Drysdale's 5th straight shutout ties the ML record set in 1904 by Doc White.
Jun 12, 1941 - Babe Phelps who skipped spring training misses the Dodger train to St. Louis and returns to New York claiming he's "ill." A furious Durocher declares he's "through" with the hypochondriac catcher fines him $500 and puts Herman Franks behind the plate for the Cards' series. Phelps returns to Maryland and will not play the rest of the season.