Last weekend I was inventorying my vintage cards, it seemed like every other card had a player named "Dick" on them. Unless you are talking about a player like R.A. Dickey, that is as close as you may get to saying "Dick" in a baseball game anymore. I decided to do a little research regarding the name "Dick" and its long history in baseball. Now I only counted active players, I understand that there are autos and relic cards still made today with the name "Dick", I didn't count them.
In order to be counted, Dick's had to have played in at least one Major League Game, and have at least one baseball card with Dick as their name. I started counting in the 1940s since baseball cards became more main stream after World War II. Below I compiled a chart showing the number of "Dick" Major League Players in each decade. Going off the chart, it seems the 1960s were the decade of the Dick's!
The last Major League player with the name Dick played in 1996, his name was Dick Schofield.
INTERESTING MULTI DICK FINDS:
- 2 Dick Schofield's
- 3 Dick Smith's
BEST PORN NAMES:
- Dick Pole (1973-78)
- Dick Star (1945)
- Dick Such (1970)
- Dick Teed (1953)
- Dick Wantz (1965)
I hope you had fun learning about baseball cards/players and Dick's. Now the next time you have a conversation with your wife or co-worker, throw in the "Did you know there were 51 total Dick's who played in the Major Leagues in the 1960s?" I just told that to my wife and she threw a pen at me, so beware some may not find it as funny as I do! Hope you enjoyed the learning the history of Dick!
Nice research. I did a version on "Mickey" a couple years back.ReplyDelete
This is a "wish I thought of that" post. So, nice work.
I guess I just had "dick" on my mind...haha!ReplyDelete
I like to blog about anything and everything, just not if I like a card or not. You never know what I will think of next!
To bad its not a football DICK blog,if it was you could include everyones favorite ,Dick Shiner.ReplyDelete
1. If it were racing, you could feature Dick Trickle.ReplyDelete
2. My favorite out of context quote is from the third paragraph from the end "...Dick would be pounded."
I loved the "dick would be pounded" too! Glad I left that line in the article!Delete
This is the greatest article I have ever readReplyDelete