July 28, 1943 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 21, 1962 for the Los Angeles Angels|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 27, 1969 for the Seattle Pilots|
|Runs batted in||56|
Richard Charles Simpson (born July 28, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former Major League Baseball right fielder and center fielder. He played from 1962-1969 for the Los Angeles/California Angels, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, New York Yankees and Seattle Pilots. However, Simpson did not quite live up to those expectations. During an 8-year baseball career, Simpson hit .207, 15 home runs, and 56 runs batted in. He was listed at 6'4" and 176 lbs.
Originally signed by the Angels as a free agent in 1961, he made his debut with them on September 21, 1962 at the age of 19 against the Cleveland Indians. He pinch hit for pitcher Fred Newman in that game, collecting a single off Mudcat Grant and driving in Leo Burke in his one and only at bat. Simpson appeared in five more games for the Angels that season, then returned to the team in 1964. Before the 1964 season began, Angels general manager Fred Haney touted Simpson as a possible Rookie of the Year candidate.
Major transactions 
- On December 2, 1965, he was traded by the Angels to the Baltimore Orioles for Norm Siebern.
- One week later on December 9, he was traded by the Orioles along with Jack Baldschun and Milt Pappas to the Reds for Frank Robinson.
- On January 11, 1968, the Reds traded him to the Cardinals for Alex Johnson.
- The Cardinals traded him with Hal Gilson to the Astros for Ron Davis on June 15, 1968.
- On December 4, 1968, he was traded by the Astros to the Yankees for Dooley Womack.
- Was traded for José Vidal of the Seattle Pilots by the Yankees on May 19, 1969.
- After the Pilots relocated and became the Milwaukee Brewers, he was traded, along with Steve Whitaker, to the San Francisco Giants for Bobby Bolin on December 12, 1969.
Other information 
- Was the second youngest player in 1962, trailing only Ed Kirkpatrick.
- Was considered one of the fastest players of his day, but still only stole 10 career bases.
- Did not play in the major leagues in 1963.
- Hit a leadoff home run on the first pitch from Mickey Lolich in a June 9, 1969 game. This would end up being the only run Lolich gave up in the game, a game in which he struck out 16 batters. That was the final home run of Simpson's career.
- His uniform numbers: 10 (1962, 1964–1965), 20 (1966–1967), 12 (1968), 37 (1968), 9 (1969), 16 (1969).
- He earned $7,000 in 1965 and $16,000 in 1969.
- Collected his final career hit off Fred Talbot on August 12, 1969.
- At last check, he lived in Venice, California.
- He is the father of Colton Simpson, the notorious Crip OG who authored the book Inside the Crips, and is currently serving a 126-year sentence under California's 3-strikes law.
- "L.A. Angels say they have two 'Rookie of the Year' men". Chicago Defender. January 13, 1964. 24.
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