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.
|Born: March 19, 1935|
|Died: October 15, 1965 (aged 30)|
|April 30, 1958, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 15, 1961, for the Los Angeles Angels|
|Runs batted in||7|
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.
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.
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, including two for extra bases. He played in the minors through 1962.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Fritz Brickell at the SABR Bio Project, by Stephen Roney, retrieved July 16, 2013
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