The Orioles' Frank Cashen

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ... ?

June 30, 2007|By Jacques Kelly

Frank Cashen once had five World Series rings. "I gave them all away. I have five sons," he said the other day from his house near Easton.

These days, he enjoys his oysters -- and loves oyster stew. And, he says, "My wife Jean makes the best crab cakes on the Eastern Shore."

Cashen, 81, who grew up in Gardenville and was a News American sportswriter and National Brewing Co. executive, was the Orioles executive vice president and general manager during a 10-year stint with the club that began in 1965.

The Orioles made their first six trips to the postseason while Cashen was in the organization, winning the World Series in 1966 and 1970. He then had a pretty good run with the New York Mets and took the team to a World Series win in 1986.

"I miss New York," he says of the quiet life in Talbot County.

Cashen continues to root for the Orioles -- and sees a lot of games during spring training, because he and his wife have a winter home in Florida.

After having a stroke a four years ago, he says, "I stagger around on a cane," but he also runs on a treadmill a couple of days a week at a nearby gym. He cannot drive. "That's the thing you miss the most," he said.

He reads every day and tries to get through a couple of books a week. He is recommending J.R. Moehringer's memoir, The Tender Bar: "I tout the book to my accomplices." He also likes Gay Talese's A Writer's Life.

Other hobbies? "I don't go fishing," he says.

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