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Frank 'Pig' House, at 75; was major league catcher

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Frank ''Pig" House, a catcher who played 10 major league seasons with Detroit, Kansas City, and Cincinnati and later served in the Alabama Legislature, has died at 75.

Mr. House died Sunday and was buried Wednesday in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Mr. House signed with the Detroit Tigers out of high school in 1948 for one of the biggest bonuses of the time -- $75,000 and two automobiles, according to news reports. He played six seasons with the Tigers, beginning in 1950, and his best season with Detroit was in 1955, when he hit .259 with 15 homers and 53 RBIs.

In 10 seasons with the Tigers, Kansas City and Cincinnati, he hit .248 with 47 home runs and 235 RBIs.

In the Alabama Legislature, Mr. House was instrumental in the creation of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1967. ''He set the tone for what the Hall of Fame would be," said Bill Legg, executive director of the hall.

Mr. House was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975 and was honored in 2004 when the hall instituted the Frank ''Pig" House Award to recognize contributors to state sports.

Along with serving in the legislature, he held posts in state government in Montgomery.

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