Dick Green

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Dick Green
Second baseman
Born: (1941-04-21) April 21, 1941 (age 73)
Sioux City, Iowa
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 1963 for the Kansas City Athletics
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1974 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .240
Home runs 80
Runs batted in 422
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Richard Larry Green (born on April 21, 1941 in Sioux City, Iowa), is a former Major League Baseball player.

He was raised in Rapid City, S.D., where his ability as a baseball player was first noted.

Green, a right-handed player who also batted right, was a second baseman with the Kansas City Athletics from 1963 to 1967 and with the Oakland Athletics from 1968 to 1974.

Professional career[edit]

Green did not attend college, and was signed by the Kansas City Athletics before the 1960 season as an amateur free agent. Green spent a few seasons in the minor leagues before being called up on September 9, 1963. Green played minimally in 13 games, but did pick up 10 hits, including his first major league home run.

In 1964, his first full year in Major League Baseball, Green played 130 games, with 115 hits, 11 of them being home runs and posted a .264 batting average. He also committed just six errors at second base and finished the season with a .990 fielding percentage. The following season, Green finished with a batting average of .232 and 110 hits in 133 games.

In 1966, Green improved, hitting .250, slapping in 127 hits in 140 games, and also knocked in 62 runs. However, Green struggled the following season. With 69 hits in 122 games, Green coupled his .198 batting average with 5 home runs and 37 RBIs.

After the season, the Kansas City Athletics franchise moved to Oakland. Green posted better numbers the following two seasons with the Oakland Athletics and had a career year in 1969 when he finished the season with a .275 average, 12 home runs, 64 RBIs, and 61 runs scored.

Green was a member of the 1972-1974 World Series championship Oakland Athletics team, and won the Babe Ruth Award for his performance in the 1974 World Series.[1][2] Green won the award for his fielding, despite not getting a single hit during the World Series.[1][2] Green tied a World Series record in game three by starting three double plays in one game.[2][3] He started the first two by catching line drives, and the third was a ground ball double play to end the game.[2] In game four, Green also started a game ending double play.[2] In the eighth inning of the clinching game five, Green made a perfect relay throw to get Bill Buckner, representing the tying run, out at third base.[2] Overall for the six double plays Green participated in during 1974 World Series tied the record for most defensive double plays in a five game series.[2]

Before the 1975 season, Green was released by the Oakland Athletics, thus ending his 12-year career in the majors. Green finished his career with a .240 lifetime batting average, 960 hits, 80 home runs, 422 RBIs and 427 runs scored.

On September 19, 2009, Mark Ellis passed Green for the franchise record for homers by a second baseman with his 77th home run playing second base for the A's.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bock, Hal (February 3, 1975). "Brock Man of Year". Reading Eagle. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Markusen, B. (1998). Baseball's Last Dynasty: Charlie Finley's Oakland A's. Masters Press. pp. 334–340. ISBN 978-1-57028-188-4. 
  3. ^ "Green is Hopeful of Quick Series". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. October 17, 1974. p. 37. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics". CNN. 

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