Former Red Sox All-Star third baseman Frank Malzone dies

BOSTON -- Former Red Sox third baseman Frank Malzone, a six-time All-Star among the club's best hitters in history, has died, the team said Tuesday. He was 85.

The Red Sox say Malzone died at his Needham, Massachusetts, home of natural causes.

Malzone, a member of the Red Sox hall of fame since 1995, played for Boston for 11 seasons, from 1955 to 1965. He hit 131 homers with 716 RBIs during that stretch, the most of any third baseman in club history. He finished his career with the California Angels in 1966, batting .206 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 82 games.

After playing, Malzone worked for the Red Sox as a scout, instructor and in the team's front office.

His survivors include his sons Frank, Paul, John and Jim; daughter Anne O'Neill; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.