Dyck in about 1953.
February 3, 1922|
|Died: January 11, 1999
|September 27, 1951, for the St. Louis Browns|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 22, 1956, for the Cincinnati Redlegs|
|Runs batted in||114|
James Robert Dyck (February 3, 1922 – January 11, 1999) was a third baseman and left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for four different teams between 1951 and 1956. Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 200 lb., Dyck batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
Prior to his baseball career Dyck served in the US Navy during World War II.
Dyck entered the majors in 1951 with the St. Louis Browns, playing for them three years before joining the Cleveland Indians (1954), Baltimore Orioles (1955–56) and Cincinnati Redlegs (1956). His most productive season came with the 1952 Browns, when he posted career-highs in home runs (15), RBI (64), runs (60), doubles (22) and games played (122), while hitting a .269 batting average. On July 16, 1953, he entered the books records when the Browns tied, by then, a major league mark with three successive home runs during the first inning of an 8–6 victory over the Yankees. Dyck hit his homer after solo shots belted by Clint Courtney and Dick Kryhoski. Dyck also played every position in his career except for pitcher or catcher.
Following his majors career, Dyck played during three seasons in the Pacific Coast League with the Indians and Reds affiliated teams, before retiring in 1960 to open a family bowling-alley business.
Dyck died in Cheney, Washington at the age of 76.
- Wancho, Joseph (2014). Pitching to the Pennant: The 1954 Cleveland Indians. United States: University of Nebraska Press. p. 346. ISBN 0803254717.