Before teaming up with George Clinton, Franklin Ray Funk was a ballplayer.
He was exclusively a rubber-armed reliever for the Indians and Braves, lasting 4 seasons during which he posted a career ERA+ of 125. What's odd is that he retired so soon while he was still effective. I guess that's what happens when you gotta get your groove on.
Other than touring with Parliament, Funk managed in the minors off and on, and according to wikipedia recently served in the Rockies organization as a pitching coach. Still blazing after all these years!
Have a good one everybody and goodnight Pumpsie Green, wherever you are!
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