Philadelphia Phillies Baseball History Began his professional career as a pitcher for Paris, Texas in the Blue Grass League in 1924, but was such a hard hitter, that he decided to shift to the outfield. He later began playing first base. Frank Don Hurst has been holding down first sack for the Philadelphia Club since 1928. He has four times batted over the .300 mark in the National League. Last year his average fell to .267.
Don Hurst was a six footer, weighing around 190 pounds. He bated left-handed, but throws right-handed. He was born in Maysville, Ky., in 1905.