He was nicknamed “The Man That Nobody Knows” because he played in the shadows of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and later Joe DiMaggio. But, you can be sure that the American League was well aware of who he was. Bill Dickey began his career in 1928 with the New York Yankees and quickly established himself as a fierce competitor and one of the premier catchers in the game. In his 17 seasons he would hit 202 home runs, drive in 100 or more RBIs 4 times, and post a lifetime .313 average, topping the .300 mark 11 times. He was an 11-time AL All-Star, and in the 1934 contest he singled to end Carl Hubbell’s famous strikeout streak at five. In 6,300 plate appearances he struck out only 289 times. He played in 8 World Series’ and was an important member of 7 Bronx Bombers championship teams. After his playing days he became a mentor and main reason for success to both Yogi Berra and Elston Howard.
He was elected to Cooperstown in 1954, and the Yankees co-retired his #8 with Yogi Berra in 1972.
January 17, 2017
Little Rock, AR