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After one year at UCLA, Dick Conger was signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1940. Having never pitched a game in the minors, he won the Tigers' contest on April 22 with three innings of relief against the Chicago White Sox. He was then demoted to the minors, where he went 8-10 with a 4.28 ERA for the Beaumont Exporters. The Pittsburgh Pirates took him in the 1940 Rule V Draft. He pitched four scoreless innings for the 1941 Pirates but spent most of the year with the Albany Senators (6-9, 3.34) and also went 0-3 for the Portland Beavers. In 1942, Conger had a 2.16 ERA in two games for Pittsburgh and went 6-3, 3.39 for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Conger's best minor league season was 1943 when he had a 11-6, 1.96 year for Toronto. He was second to Lou Polli in the International League in ERA. Traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, Dick went only 2-7 with a 6.09 ERA in his longest look at the majors. Overall, he was 3-7 with a 5.14 ERA in the major leagues.

Conger pitched for the Los Angeles Angels in 1944, going 13-7 with a 2.88 ERA. He entered the military that year and served in World War II. He returned to baseball in '46 and went 7-8, 3.88 for LA. He was 2-0 for the 1947 Angels and spent most of the year with the Nashville Volunteers, going 7-5, 5.26. In 1948, the 27-year-old had a 11-9, 4.47 line for Nashville. '49 found him back in the PCL with the Sacramento Solons, where his pitching line read 5-3, 3.01. He finished his career in 1950 by going 0-1, 9.00 for Sacramento and 0-4, 4.16 for the Oklahoma City Indians. In the minors, his line was 76-68.

After his baseball career ended, he scouted for the Dodgers and was a foreman in the stereotype department of the Los Angeles Times.

Sources: The International League: Year-by-Year Statistics by Marshall Wright, The Big Book of Jewish Baseball by Peter Horvitz and Joachim Horvitz, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database

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