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William Malcolm Dickey (June 6, 1907 - November 12, 1993) was a Major League Baseball player and manager. One of the most famous catchers in league history, he played his entire career with the New York Yankees.
Dickey broke into the Majors in 1928 and played his first full season in 1929. It was his first of ten seasons out of eleven with a .300+ batting average. Although his offensive production was overshadowed by Yankees greats Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio, in the late 1930s Dickey posted some of the finest offensive seasons ever by a catcher, hitting over 20 home runs with 100 RBI in four consecutive seasons (1936 - 1939). Dickey was also noted for his ability to handle pitchers and his strong throwing arm. Also drawing respect for his relentlessly competitive nature, Dickey broke the jaw of an opposing player with one punch in a 1932 game after a collision at home plate, and received a 30-day suspension and $1,000 fine as punishment.
Dickey appeared in eight World Series with the Yankees and won seven World Series championships.
After several seasons of offensive stagnation and time off during World War II, Dickey took on the role of managing the Yankees in 1946 and led the team to 3rd place in the American League. He retired after the season, having compiled 202 home runs, 1209 RBI and a .313 batting average over his career.
- Bill Dickey's career statistics Baseball Reference
- Bill Dickey's Baseball Hall of Fame Biography
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