Fritz Brickell

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Fritz Brickell
Shortstop
Born: (1935-03-19)March 19, 1935
Wichita, Kansas
Died: October 15, 1965(1965-10-15) (aged 30)
Wichita, Kansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 30, 1958, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
May 15, 1961, for the Los Angeles Angels
MLB statistics
Batting average .182
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 7
Teams

Fritz Darrell Brickell (March 19, 1935 – October 15, 1965) was an American professional baseball player who played in parts of three seasons for the New York Yankees (1958–59) and Los Angeles Angels (1961) of Major League Baseball. He was the son of former Major League outfielder Fred Brickell.

An infielder and a native of Wichita, Kansas, Brickell stood 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) tall and weighed 157 pounds (71 kg); he batted and threw right-handed. His eight years in the Yankee farm system (1953–60) were interrupted by two trials with the Bombers. After a two-game stint as a defensive replacement at the start of the 1958 season, Brickell received a more extended audition with the Yanks in the middle of 1959, getting into 18 games, including nine starts at shortstop, in June and July. His ten hits included his only MLB home run, a two-run shot off former Yankee Tom Morgan, then with the Detroit Tigers.[1]

After spending 1960 in Triple-A, Brickell was traded to the expansion Angels on the eve of the 1961 season. He was the first starting shortstop in Angels' franchise history: on April 11, 1961, at Memorial Stadium, he went one-for-four at bat and handled nine chances in the field, turning a double play but committing two errors, as the Angels shocked the Baltimore Orioles, 7–2.[2]

But Brickell struggled on both offense and defense, batting only .122 in 49 at bats and making seven errors in 71 total chances (for a .901 fielding percentage). He started his last game on May 8, and spent most of 1961 with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League. All told, In 41 MLB games, Brickell collected 16 hits, two for extra bases, during his brief MLB career. He played in the minors through 1962.

Three years after his retirement, Brickell, a noted chewer of tobacco, died from cancer of the jaw[3] at the age of 30.[4]

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  1. ^ Retrosheet box score: 1959-07-26
  2. ^ Retrosheet box score: 1961-04-11
  3. ^ Fritz Brickell at the SABR Bio Project, by Stephen Roney, retrieved July 16, 2013
  4. ^ Cancer victim

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