Goodie, Frank (1999)
Small of size but boundless in energy, savvy and heart, Frankie Goodie helped write rich baseball chapters at Deering High School in the 40’s and at the University of Wyoming in the 50’s, tossing in some sharp semi-pro and armed service action as well.
Highlight of Goodie’s diamond career as a three-sporter at Deering (nine letters including football and basketball as well was his two-way contribution to the Purple’s second Telegram League championship.
Timely hitter and steady, yet sprightly, afield in his second base patrol, the Bucksport native nailed down the Telly title by driving in the winning run with a crisp single to right center as the host Rams edged Thornton Academy, 9-4, In the ninth inning of their 1946 finale.
For this and consistent seasonal feats, Goodie was named to the All-Telegram team.
Frankie captained Deering’s strong ‘47 contenders.
Used to holding his own or better against older rivals since his Downeast springs and summers as a youngster on Bucksport’s sandlots, Goodie also logged significant play in the fast Portland Twilight League for the C.E. Noyes entry.
Four years in the Air Force followed. Stationed in Denver, Colo, for a period, Frankie’s work with seismic instruments to detect potential nuclear explosions by Russie combined with play on service teams to earn admission to U. of Wyoming’s electrical engineering department and a full baseball scholarship.
Goodie proceeded to hit .342 in his three seasons with the Cowpokes, 1959-97.
By then he was a third-baseman where his quick reflexes were made-to-order for the bang-bang demands of the proverbial not-corner.
The 1956 campaign was tops for Frankie and company.
Goodie led the Pokes with a .363 average as a prime factor in their drive to the College World Series where he had five hits in three games.
in route, Frank was named to the District Eight NCAA Region all-star team The Goodie post-graduate career has likewise been impressive.
Frank added a masters degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. And he was a project manager in an 18 year span with Martin-Marietta and the Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge (TWA) Companies in California. Thence, Frankie’s entrepreneurial spirit took hold.
He formed and operated a mobile and modular homes factory in San Bernardino, CA for 13 years, finally, a home improvement company, Frank Goodie & Sons.