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Bill Dickey
New York Yankees
Hall of Fame Inductee - 1954
Baseball's Greatest Catcher Ever (see Greatest )
8 World Series
All-Star Selection 1933-34, 36-43, 46

Full Name: William Malcolm Dickey
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Born: Jun 06, 1907 in Bastrop, LA
Major League Debut: Aug 15, 1928
Died: Nov 12, 1993 in Little Rock, AR

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CAREER STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING
YR
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1946
TM
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
POS
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
G
10
130
109
130
108
130
104
120
112
140
132
128
106
109
82
85
54
AB
15
447
366
477
423
478
395
448
423
530
454
480
372
348
268
242
134
R
1
60
55
65
66
58
56
54
99
87
84
98
45
35
28
29
10
H
3
145
124
156
131
152
127
125
153
176
142
145
92
99
79
85
35
2B
1
30
25
17
20
24
24
26
26
35
27
23
11
15
13
18
8
3B
1
6
7
10
4
8
4
6
8
2
4
3
1
5
1
2
0
HR
0
10
5
6
15
14
12
14
22
29
27
24
9
7
2
4
2
RBI
2
65
65
78
84
97
72
81
107
133
115
105
54
71
37
33
10
TB
6
217
178
211
204
234
195
205
261
302
258
246
132
145
100
119
49
BB
0
14
21
39
34
47
38
35
46
73
75
77
48
45
26
41
19
IBB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals G
1789
AB
6300
R
930
H
1969
2B
343
3B
72
HR
202
RBI
1209
TB
3062
BB
678
IBB
0


BATTING BASERUNNING PERCENTAGES
YR
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1946
TM
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
K
2
16
14
20
13
14
18
11
16
22
22
37
32
17
11
12
12
HBP
0
1
0
0
0
2
2
6
3
4
2
4
2
3
1
0
1
SH
0
11
9
7
2
5
3
2
0
1
1
4
2
1
0
1
2
SF
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
GDP
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
7
10
12
5
6
SB
0
4
7
2
2
3
0
1
0
3
3
5
0
2
2
2
0
CS
0
3
1
1
4
4
3
1
2
2
0
0
3
1
2
1
1
SB%
-.---
.571
.875
.667
.333
.429
.000
.500
.000
.600
1.000
1.000
.000
.667
.500
.667
.000
AVG
.200
.324
.339
.327
.310
.318
.322
.279
.362
.332
.313
.302
.247
.284
.295
.351
.261
OBP
.200
.346
.375
.378
.361
.381
.384
.339
.428
.417
.412
.403
.336
.371
.359
.445
.357
SLG
.400
.485
.486
.442
.482
.490
.494
.458
.617
.570
.568
.513
.355
.417
.373
.492
.366
AB/HR
--.-
44.7
73.2
79.5
28.2
34.1
32.9
32.0
19.2
18.3
16.8
20.0
41.3
49.7
134.0
60.5
67.0
AB/K
7.5
27.9
26.1
23.9
32.5
34.1
21.9
40.7
26.4
24.1
20.6
13.0
11.6
20.5
24.4
20.2
11.2
Totals K
289
HBP
31
SH
51
SF
0
GDP
49
SB
36
CS
29
SB%
.554
BAVG
.313
OBP
.382
SLG
.486
AB/HR
31.2
AB/K
21.8


ALL-STAR STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1933
1934
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1946
TM
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
G
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
1
AB
0
2
2
3
4
3
1
3
0
0
1
R
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
H
0
1
0
2
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
2B
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
3B
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
HR
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
RBI
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
TB
0
1
0
3
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
BB
0
2
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
K
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
SB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
BAVG
-.---
.500
.000
.667
.250
.000
.000
.333
-.---
-.---
.000
SLG
-.---
.500
.000
1.000
.500
.000
.000
.333
-.---
-.---
.000
AB/HR
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
AB/K
--.-
2.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
1.0
Totals G
8
AB
19
R
3
H
5
2B
2
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
1
TB
7
BB
4
K
2
SB
0
AVG
.263
SLG
.368
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
9.5


WORLD SERIES STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1932
1936
1937
1938
1939
1941
1942
1943
TM
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
G
4
6
5
4
4
5
5
5
AB
16
25
19
15
15
18
19
18
R
2
5
3
2
2
3
1
1
H
7
3
4
6
4
3
5
5
2B
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
3B
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
HR
0
1
0
1
2
0
0
1
RBI
4
5
3
2
5
1
0
4
TB
7
6
6
9
10
4
5
8
BB
2
3
2
1
1
3
1
2
K
1
4
2
0
2
1
0
2
SB
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
BAVG
.438
.120
.211
.400
.267
.167
.263
.278
SLG
.438
.240
.316
.600
.667
.222
.263
.444
AB/HR
--.-
25.0
--.-
15.0
7.5
--.-
--.-
18.0
AB/K
16.0
6.3
9.5
--.-
7.5
18.0
--.-
9.0
Totals G
38
AB
145
R
19
H
37
2B
1
3B
1
HR
5
RBI
24
TB
55
BB
15
K
12
SB
1
AVG
.255
SLG
.379
AB/HR
29.0
AB/K
12.1


CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS


YEAR TEAM LG POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1946
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
6
127
101
125
108
127
104
118
107
137
126
126
102
104
80
71
39
8
583
480
751
701
809
584
601
574
779
600
635
483
470
375
361
233
6
476
418
670
639
721
527
536
499
692
518
571
425
422
322
322
201
2
95
51
78
53
82
49
62
61
80
74
57
55
45
44
37
29
0
12
11
3
9
6
8
3
14
7
8
7
3
3
9
2
3
0
13
5
6
6
15
13
7
10
11
7
8
9
11
7
5
4
1.000
0.979
0.977
0.996
0.987
0.993
0.986
0.995
0.976
0.991
0.987
0.989
0.994
0.994
0.976
0.994
0.987
Totals G
1708
Ch
9027
PO
7965
A
954
E
108
DP
137
FPCT
0.988


TEAM ABBREVIATION KEY
YEARS
1928-1946
TM
NY
LG
AL
TEAM NAME
New York Yankees
LEAGUE NAME
American League

Bill Dickey was unquestionably one of the game's greatest receivers, if not the greatest (See Greatest Catcher Article). An expert handler of pitchers and the owner of a deadly-accurate throwing arm, the rangy Yankee backstop was a durable and tireless worker. He set a record by catching 100 or more games 13 years in a row. Dickey also excelled at the plate, batting over .300 in ten of his first 11 seasons while hitting 202 homers during his career. He played in 38 World Series games.


The premier catcher of the late 1930s and early 1940s, the lefthanded-hitting Dickey was the soul of the Yankee dynasty bridging the Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio eras as a player, and the Mantle era as a coach. He was a keen handler of pitchers, especially the erratic Lefty Gomez, as quiet as his roommate, Gehrig, consistent, setting a major league record for catching 100 or more games in 13 straight seasons, and never played another game at another position. He was the first Yankee to find out about Gehrig's illness and was the only active player to play himself in the Gary Cooper movie "Pride of the Yankees." The Yankees retired his number 8, but ironically Dickey didn't wear that number at the start or the end of his Yankee days. When Dickey first came up, Benny Benbaugh wore number eight. When he came back to coach, Yogi Berra was wearing it.

One of the few nonpitchers in the Hall of Fame who never led the league in a single offensive category, he hit .300 or better eleven times - in 1936 a lofty .362, the highest mark for a backstop in this century - and compiled a lifetime average of .313. In the course of 6,300 at bats, he struck out only 289 times. As a bonus, Dickey caught 100 games in thirteen straight seasons, a record later tied by Johnny Bench.

At his best in October, Dickey hit .438 in the 1932 Classic, went 4-for-4 to open the 1938 edition, knocked in at least one run in every game in 1939, and finished off the Cardinals in Game Five of the 1943 Series with a two-run homer in the ninth.

Signed by Yankee scout Lena Blackburne on the back of an Elks Club card, Dickey tried to impress manager Miller Huggins with his home run swing. Huggins told him, "Stop unbuttoning your shirt on every pitch." With Ruth, Gehrig, and Lazzeri, the Yankees didn't need power from Dickey. What they wanted was steadiness. Dickey provided it, leading AL catchers three times each in assists and fielding and five times in putouts.

Given the job of turning Yogi Berra into a catcher, he looked up one day to find Joe Garagiola and Roy Campanella listening. In Yogi's phrase, Dickey "learned them all his experiences," too.