July 23, 1895|
|Died: January 3, 1919
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|July 31, 1916 for the Boston Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 3, 1917 for the Boston Braves|
|Runs batted in||2|
Arthur Ramon "Art" Rico (July 23, 1895 – January 3, 1919) was an Italian American professional baseball player whose career spanned two seasons (1916–17), including parts of those seasons in Major League Baseball with the Boston Braves. Over his major league career, Rico, a catcher, compiled a .222 batting average with four hits in 18 at-bats. He also played in the minor leagues with the Class-B Springfield Green Sox. Rico batted and threw right-handed.
Rico accomplished the rare feat of going directly to the major leagues when he began his professional baseball career with the Boston Braves in 1916. He made his debut in Major League Baseball on July 31, 1916. That season, Rico played in four games, getting no hits in four at-bats. On defense, he played all of his four games as a catcher, committing five putouts in six total chances. At the start of the 1917 season., Rico joined the minor league Springfield Green Sox, who were members of the Class-B Eastern League. With the Green Sox, Rico batted .240 with 25 hits in 30 games played. As a catcher for the Green Sox, Rico committed nine errors in 142 total chances. He also played in the majors that season with the Boston Braves. Rico batted .286 with one runs, four hits, one doubles and two runs batted in in 13 games played with the Braves. On defense, Rico played 11 games as a catcher and two games in the outfield. As a catcher, he committed one error, four assists and 15 put outs in 20 total chances.
Rico was born on July 23, 1895 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He was an Italian American. Rico died on January 3, 1919 in Boston, Massachusetts and was buried at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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