Culley Rikard

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Culley Rikard
Outfielder
Born: (1914-05-09)May 9, 1914
Oxford, Mississippi
Died: February 20, 2000(2000-02-20) (aged 85)
Memphis, Tennessee
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 1941 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1947 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Batting average .270
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 37
Teams

Culley Rikard (May 9, 1914 – February 20, 2000) was a professional baseball player. He played three seasons in Major League Baseball, 1941, 1942, and 1947, with the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League, primarily as an outfielder.

After a handful of games as a pinch hitter the first two seasons, he was drafted for World War II before the 1943 season.[1]

His best season was in 1947 when he played in 109 games with 324 at bats as a fourth outfielder. He batted .287 with four home runs and 32 runs batted in. On June 5, 1947, in a game against the Brooklyn Dodgers he hit a line drive to center field. All-Star outfielder Pete Reiser caught the ball, but collided with the Ebbets Field wall, knocking him unconscious. Reiser famously received last rites by the Catholic Church, but eventually managed to recover with a concussion. The injury also caused a case vertigo which damaged his career.[2]

Rikard was released to Indianapolis of the American Association after the 47 season.[3] Rikard was later traded to the Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals during the 1949 season for Dino Restelli.

Rikard died in Memphis, Tennessee.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CLARK REQUESTS HIS RELEASE AS COACH OF RAMS". Chicago Tribune. March 11, 1943. p. 24. 
  2. ^ Michael D'Antonio. Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O'Malley. Penguin Group. pp. 101–102. ISBN 1-59448-856-8. 
  3. ^ "Rikard Released by Pirates". New York Times. January 28, 1948. p. 29. 

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