Richard Charles "Dick" 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. 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.

Dick Simpson
Dick Simpson 1969.jpg
Simpson in 1969
Right fielder
Born: (1943-07-28) July 28, 1943 (age 76)
Washington, D.C.
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 21, 1962, for the Los Angeles Angels
Last MLB appearance
August 27, 1969, for the Seattle Pilots
MLB statistics
Batting average.207
Home runs15
Runs batted in56
Teams

Originally signed by the Angels as a free agent in 1961, he made his debut with them on September 21, 1962 at age 19 against the Cleveland Indians. He pinch hit for pitcher Fred Newman and singled off Mudcat Grant, driving in Leo Burke in his 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. In December of 1965, Simpson would also be involved in a trade to Cincinnati in a deal involving future Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.[1]

Major transactionsEdit

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Other informationEdit

  • Was the second youngest player in 1962, trailing only Ed Kirkpatrick.[3]
  • 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.[2]
  • 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.[2]
  • His uniform numbers: 10 (1962, 1964–1965), 20 (1966–1967), 12 (1968), 37 (1968), 9 (1969), 16 (1969).[4]
  • He earned $7,000 in 1965 and $16,000 in 1969.[2]
  • Collected his final career hit off Fred Talbot on August 12, 1969.[2]
  • He is the father of Colton Simpson, author of the book Inside the Crips, and serving a 126-year sentence under California's 3-strikes law.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "L.A. Angels say they have two 'Rookie of the Year' men". Chicago Defender. January 13, 1964. 24.
  2. ^ a b c d e Baseball Reference Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Youngest Players
  4. ^ Baseball Almanac
  5. ^ FoxNews.com
  6. ^ NC Times

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