- Category : 1914-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Individualism 2
American catcher, coach, manager, general manager and scout in American Major League Baseball. He was born to Italian-American immigrant parents and attended the University of Utah.
A left-handed hitter who threw right-handed, Franks was listed at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and 187 pounds (85 kg). He broke into professional baseball with the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1932, then played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1940–1941), the Philadelphia Athletics (1947–1948) and the New York Giants (1949). As a Dodger, Franks caught Tex Carleton's no-hitter on 30 April 1940.
He was manager of the San Francisco Giants (1965–1968) and the Chicago Cubs (1977–1979).
He died on 30 March 2009, aged 95, in Salt Lake City, Utah.