PROFILE: Benny Frisch was born in 1908. Frisch retired from the greyhound industry in 1964. Benny Frisch, at 74 was resident in Phoenix when he was added to the PIONEER section of the Hall of Fame.

HISTORY: When OP Smith’s track in nearby Erlanger closed, Benny Frisch, a native of Covington, KY., followed the greyhounds to New Orleans. He first worked at the track taking care of the surface. From there, Frisch ventured to Hialeah and was soon involved in the sport as a kennel helper, then a trainer. Frisch raced at many tracks throughout his career, including a three-year span in California in the early 1930’s. Frisch returned to the West Coast in 1962 with a booking at Caliente. Benny also raced a kennel at East St. Louis and was one of the first kennel owners to run at Hollywood, which opened in 1934. Frisch’s advises newcomers: “They don’t know how rough the business really is. I tell them to go to work for a good kennel, with someone who knows what they’re doing and put in a couple of years of hard work.”

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: One of the best greyhounds handled by Frisch was BIT OF FUZZ who belonged in the Ryan Kennel. In Benny’s eyes the best greyhound he had at any distance was ROYAL PALM.