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Bill Dickey

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Bill Dickey

Bill Dickey (1907 1993), catcher for the New York Yankees, squints in the sun as he waits for a foul ball during preseason practice in St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 20, 1935.

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Vital Statistics:

Born: June 6, 1907 in Bastrop, La.

Died: Nov. 12, 1993

Teams: New York Yankees (1928-43, 1946)

Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1954

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

Batted: Left

Threw: Right

Primary position: Catcher

Career Highlights:

  • A .313 lifetime hitter, he batted better than .300 in 10 of his first 11 seasons.
  • Hit .362 in 1936, the highest single-season average for a catcher until Joe Mauer hit .365 in 2009.
  • He might have been even better behind the plate as a defensive catcher. He had a fantastic throwing arm and was durable, catching 100 or more games 13 years in a row.
  • Made 11 All-Star teams and appeared in eight World Series, winning seven of them. He missed two seasons serving in the Navy during World War II.
  • His No. 8 is retired by the Yankees, the same number as Yogi Berra.

After Baseball:

  • Became manager of the Yankees in the middle of his final season. Became a coach under Casey Stengel a year later, a post he held for 11 seasons.
  • Was a scout for the Yankees before retiring.
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