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Richard Roy Cole (May 6, 1926 – October 18, 2018) was an American Major League Baseball infielder.[1]

Dick Cole
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Infielder
Born: (1926-05-06)May 6, 1926
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Died: October 18, 2018(2018-10-18) (aged 92)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 27, 1951, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
July 21, 1957, for the Milwaukee Braves
MLB statistics
Batting average.249
Hits303
Runs batted in107
Teams

Before the 1943 season, Cole was signed as an amateur free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals. Over eight years later he made his debut with the Cardinals, but was traded after only 15 games of service to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he would spend the majority of his career.[1]

Cole was used at three different positions during his career, playing 169 games at shortstop, 118 games at second base, and 107 games at third.[1]

In Cole's only full season, 1954, he grounded into 20 double plays, which was enough to tie for the second highest total in the National League with Stan Musial, only being topped by Del Ennis with 23. However, Cole hit .270, along with 22 doubles, 5 triples, and 40 RBI in 138 games.[1] The only home run of the year he hit was off the Brooklyn Dodgers' All-Star Carl Erskine.[2]

Cole died on October 18, 2018 at the age of 92.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Career Statistics and History at Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ McGowen, Roscoe (May 25, 1954). "HOME RUNS CHECK BROOKLYN BY 5–2; Thomas and Cole Connect for Pittsburgh -- Surkont Outpitches Erskine". The New York Times. p. 30.
  3. ^ Richard Cole Obituary

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