Mike Frankovich was a back-up catcher in the PCL between 1935 and 1937 for the Missions. In addition he was a star quarterback for UCLA, inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1986. He was also the adopted son of famous comedian and baseball fanatic Joe E. Brown.
It was clear his future was not as a player after Yankees scout Joe Devine wrote, “Frankovich cannot do anything–do not know why they carry him.” After doing some broadcasting and a brief acting career, Frankovich went to work for Columbia Pictures and eventually became vice-president where he was responsible for “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”, “Funny Girl” and “A Man For All Seasons.” He then became an independent producer for films such as “Butterflies Are Free,” “Cactus Flower,” and “The Shootist.”
He remained active in sports, serving as president of the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission and helping to bring the 1984 Olympics, and the Oakland Raiders, to Los Angeles. He is pictured below with Raiders owner Al Davis. There have been better back-up catchers in the PCL, but none who became more distinguished.