Dauer during his induction into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame, 2012
|Houston Astros – No. 48|
|Second baseman / Third baseman
First base coach
July 27, 1952 |
San Bernardino, California
|September 11, 1976, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 1985, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Runs batted in||372|
|Career highlights and awards|
Richard Fremont Dauer (born July 27, 1952), is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player, an infielder with the Baltimore Orioles from 1976 to 1985. He played in two World Series with the Orioles, in 1979 and 1983. Primarily a second baseman in the majors, he also played third base and is currently the first base coach for the Houston Astros.
Born in San Bernardino, California, Dauer graduated from Colton High School in 1970 and played college baseball for the Indians of San Bernardino Valley College. He transferred to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he was an All-American at third base and helped the Trojans win the College World Series in 1973 and 1974, USC's fifth consecutive title and sixth in seven years.
Pro playing career
Selected in the first round of the 1974 MLB draft in early June, Dauer was the 24th overall pick and began his pro career in the Single-A South Atlantic League with the Asheville Tourists. He moved up to the Rochester Red Wings of the Triple-A International League late in the 1975 season. The following season with Rochester, Dauer won the league batting title with a .336 average. He was called up by the Orioles that year but struggled, getting only four hits in 39 at bats.
Dauer's struggles continued at the start of 1977, as he had just one hit in his first 41 at bats. He began the year as the Orioles' starting second baseman but soon lost the role to Billy Smith. He credited Brooks Robinson and Lee May with helping him out, saying, "You can't make it in the Majors by yourself." By the end of the year, he had regained the second base job from Smith. He batted .243 with 74 hits, 15 doubles, five home runs, and 25 RBI in 96 games while compiling a .982 fielding percentage at second base.
Dauer played in the 1979 postseason, and Orioles defeated the California Angels in four games in the best-of-five 1979 American League Championship Series to secure the pennant, Baltimore's first since 1971. In the World Series, the O's built 3-1 lead, but lost the last three games to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also played in the World Series in 1983, also known as "the I-95 Series," won by the Orioles over the Philadelphia Phillies in five games.
Dauer holds two American League single season fielding records for a second baseman, including 86 consecutive errorless games and 425 straight errorless chances, both set in 1978.
Dauer also has worked as a minor league coach for five organizations, and managed the Seattle Mariners Class A San Bernardino Spirit affiliate in 1987. At the major league level, he coached for the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies.
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