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Rick Dempsey

World Series MVP, 1983

Full Name: John Rikard Dempsey
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Born: Sep 13, 1949 in Fayetteville, TN
Major League Debut: Sep 23, 1969
Died:

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CAREER BATTING STATISTICS
 BATTING
YEAR TEAM LG AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
Min
Min
Min
Min
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Cle
LA
LA
LA
Mil
Bal
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
NL
NL
AL
AL
.500
.000
.308
.200
.182
.239
.262
.119
.213
.226
.259
.239
.262
.215
.256
.231
.230
.254
.208
.177
.251
.179
.195
.231
.111
5
5
6
25
6
43
71
21
59
91
136
124
119
92
125
128
109
132
122
60
77
79
62
61
8
6
7
13
40
11
109
145
42
174
270
441
368
362
251
344
347
330
362
327
141
167
151
128
147
9
1
1
2
0
0
12
18
1
11
27
41
48
51
24
35
33
37
54
42
16
25
16
13
15
2
3
0
4
8
2
26
38
5
37
61
114
88
95
54
88
80
76
92
68
25
42
27
25
34
1
1
0
1
1
0
3
8
0
2
7
25
23
26
10
15
16
11
19
15
10
13
7
5
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
3
1
1
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
3
6
6
9
6
5
4
11
12
13
1
7
4
2
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
11
2
10
34
32
41
40
15
36
32
34
52
29
9
30
16
15
21
0
1
1
1
6
1
8
21
5
13
34
48
38
36
32
46
40
40
50
45
23
25
30
23
23
2
0
1
1
8
3
7
15
4
17
34
54
37
45
36
37
54
58
87
78
29
44
37
29
20
1
.571
.125
.357
.304
.250
.288
.353
.213
.275
.314
.327
.307
.333
.306
.339
.311
.312
.345
.309
.295
.338
.319
.318
.329
.273
.667
.000
.385
.225
.182
.321
.338
.119
.224
.315
.356
.351
.425
.335
.349
.323
.364
.406
.379
.270
.455
.305
.281
.347
.111
Totals AVG
.233
G
1766
AB
4692
R
525
H
1093
2B
223
3B
12
HR
96
RBI
471
BB
592
K
736
OBP
.319
SLG
.347


 BATTINGBASERUNNINGMISC
YEAR TEAM LG HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
Min
Min
Min
Min
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Cle
LA
LA
LA
Mil
Bal
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
NL
NL
AL
AL
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
0
0
3
1
0
3
1
1
3
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
2
1
5
5
0
2
9
11
12
11
5
10
9
11
2
5
4
4
5
8
7
1
4
0
5
9
2
35
49
5
39
85
157
129
154
84
120
112
120
147
124
38
76
46
36
51
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
3
1
3
5
3
3
4
3
7
5
5
5
7
4
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
3
6
4
1
0
5
5
4
2
0
1
6
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
2
7
0
3
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
3
1
1
1
3
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
1.000
-.---
-.---
.500
.400
.700
.000
.750
.000
.000
.500
.333
.000
1.000
-.---
1.000
1.000
1.000
.000
-.---
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
54.5
145.0
--.-
--.-
90.0
73.5
61.3
40.2
41.8
68.8
86.8
30.0
30.2
25.2
141.0
23.9
37.8
64.0
36.8
--.-
--.-
7.0
13.0
5.0
3.7
15.6
9.7
10.5
10.2
7.9
8.2
9.9
8.0
7.0
9.3
6.4
5.7
4.2
4.2
4.9
3.8
4.1
4.4
7.4
9.0
Totals HBP
18
GDP
131
TB
1628
IBB
13
SH
63
SF
42
SB
20
CS
19
SB%
.513
AB/HR
48.9
AB/K
6.4


CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS
YEAR TEAM LG POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1974
1975
1975
1975
1976
1976
1976
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1980
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1991
1991
1992
Min
Min
Min
Min
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Bal
Cle
LA
LA
LA
Mil
Mil
Mil
Bal
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
NL
NL
AL
AL
AL
AL
C
C
C
C
C
OF
C
3B
OF
C
OF
C
OF
C
C
C
C
1B
OF
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
1B
P
C
C
3
3
6
23
5
2
31
1
8
19
4
9
3
58
91
135
124
2
6
112
90
124
128
108
131
121
59
74
62
53
1
2
56
8
6
13
36
73
11
0
178
0
18
86
7
44
0
301
479
726
703
11
3
593
420
542
658
500
632
719
316
366
305
242
0
0
271
14
5
12
30
67
9
0
152
0
16
76
6
39
0
263
416
636
615
10
3
531
384
491
591
453
575
659
293
333
265
213
0
0
246
13
0
0
4
5
0
0
22
0
1
8
1
5
0
34
52
79
81
1
0
54
35
46
65
43
49
53
18
29
35
27
0
0
23
1
1
1
2
1
2
0
4
0
1
2
0
0
0
4
11
11
7
0
0
8
1
5
2
4
8
7
5
4
5
2
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
8
10
14
13
2
0
8
6
8
7
5
5
9
3
4
4
3
0
0
4
0
0.833
0.923
0.944
0.986
0.818
-.---
0.978
-.---
0.944
0.977
1.000
1.000
-.---
0.987
0.977
0.985
0.990
1.000
1.000
0.987
0.998
0.991
0.997
0.992
0.987
0.990
0.984
0.989
0.984
0.992
-.---
-.---
0.993
1.000
Totals G
1662
Ch
8273
PO
7402
A
771
E
100
DP
114
FPCT
0.988


CAREER PITCHING STATISTICS
YEAR TEAM LG ERA W L Sv G IP H R ER BB K AVG A
1991
Mil
AL
4.50
0
0
0
2
2.0
3
1
1
1
0
.333
Totals ERA
4.50
W
0
L
0
Sv
0
G
2
IP
2.0
H
3
R
1
ER
1
BB
1
K
0
AVG A
.333


YEAR TEAM LG GS CG Sho GF K/BB BB/9 K/9 RATIO HR HB IBB SH WP BK
1991
Mil
AL
0
0
0
2
0.00
4.50
0.00
2.00
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals GS
0
CG
0
Sho
0
GF
2
K/BB
0.00
BB/9
4.50
K/9
0.00
RATIO
2.00
HR
0
HB
0
IBB
0
SH
0
WP
0
BK
0


LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES BATTING STATISTICS
 BATTING
YEAR TEAM LG AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG
1979
1983
1988
Bal
Bal
LA
AL
AL
NL
.400
.167
.400
3
4
4
10
12
5
3
1
1
4
2
2
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
1
1
1
0
1
0
.455
.231
.500
.600
.167
.800
Totals AVG
.296
G
11
AB
27
R
5
H
8
2B
4
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
4
BB
3
K
1
OBP
.367
SLG
.444


 BATTINGBASERUNNINGMISC
YEAR TEAM LG HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1979
1983
1988
Bal
Bal
LA
AL
AL
NL
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
2
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1.000
-.---
-.---
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
12.0
--.-
Totals HBP
0
GDP
0
TB
12
IBB
0
SH
0
SF
0
SB
1
CS
0
SB%
1.000
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
27.0


WORLD SERIES BATTING STATISTICS
 BATTING
YEAR TEAM LG AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG
1979
1983
1988
Bal
Bal
LA
AL
AL
NL
.286
.385
.200
7
5
2
21
13
5
3
3
0
6
5
1
2
4
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
1
1
2
1
3
2
2
.318
.467
.333
.381
.923
.400
Totals AVG
.308
G
14
AB
39
R
6
H
12
2B
7
3B
0
HR
1
RBI
3
BB
4
K
7
OBP
.372
SLG
.564


 BATTINGBASERUNNINGMISC
YEAR TEAM LG HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1979
1983
1988
Bal
Bal
LA
AL
AL
NL
0
0
0
1
1
1
8
12
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-.---
-.---
-.---
--.-
13.0
--.-
7.0
6.5
2.5
Totals HBP
0
GDP
3
TB
22
IBB
2
SH
0
SF
0
SB
0
CS
0
SB%
-.---
AB/HR
39.0
AB/K
5.6


LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FIELDING
YEAR TEAM POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1979
1983
1988
Bal
Bal
LA
C
C
C
3
4
3
11
35
7
10
29
7
1
5
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
1.000
0.971
1.000
Totals G
10
Ch
53
PO
46
A
6
E
1
DP
2
FPCT
0.981


WORLD SERIES FIELDING
YEAR TEAM POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1979
1983
1988
Bal
Bal
LA
C
C
C
7
5
2
40
31
14
38
27
13
2
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1.000
1.000
1.000
Totals G
14
Ch
85
PO
78
A
7
E
0
DP
0
FPCT
1.000



A flaky individual but a take-charge catcher, Rick Dempsey's break came on June 15, 1976 when he went from the Yankees to the Orioles in a ten-player deal. When he left Baltimore, signing as a free agent with Cleveland in 1987, he had caught more games for the Orioles than anyone in franchise history. His greatest moment came as MVP of the 1983 World Series. He had the game-winning RBI in Game Two and homered and doubled in the Game Five clincher, hitting .385 overall.

Dempsey led AL catchers in fielding in 1981 and 1983 and in assists in 1979. He sacrificed batting average for added power in his last years at Baltimore (1984-86). Expected to stabilize a young Cleveland club, Dempsey suffered on both offense and defense. His 1987 season was curtailed by a broken left thumb suffered in a home plate collision with Bo Jackson. Dempsey rebounded in a reserve role with the 1988 World Champion Dodgers. Two years later he achieved the rare distinction of catching a game in four different decades.

Dempsey, whose father was a Vaudeville actor and whose mother was a former Broadway star, was known to be a bit of a ham himself. During a 1977 rain delay at Fenway Park he entertained players and fans alike by performing a baseball pantomime routine with towels stuffed in his shirt to evoke Babe Ruth's well-known belly. He ended the routine by belly-flopping across the rain-soaked tarp at home plate and then leading the crowd in a rendition of "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head." Dempsey reprised the routine at various times in later years, including once in a September 1982 game at Milwaukee when he wore a Robin Yount jersey and mimicked hitting a home run before circling the bases to the delight of the crowd.

Rick Dempsey is one of forty-one catchers to have pitched in a major league game. He is also 1 of 4 catchers to have CAUGHT and PITCHED in the SAME GAME.