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Richard John McAuliffe

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 176 lb.

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Known for his plucky, intense approach, his wide-open batting stance and Mel Ott-style leg kick, Dick McAuliffe was a rarity in the 1960s. A second baseman with power, he three times topped 20 homers. Primarily a lead-off hitter, he tied a ML record by going the entire 1968 season without grounding into a double play. A Tiger force during their 1968 World Championship year, leading the AL with 95 runs scored, the gritty McAuliffe was suspended for five days during the stretch drive for charging Chicago's Tommy John during a brushback war. He showed his fortitude again the following season, hitting a pinch homer in his last at-bat before being forced onto the disabled list with a knee injury. Despite lacking the natural ability of many, he was the AL's starting shortstop in the 1965 and 1966 All-Star Games, and was an All-Star second baseman in 1967. He retired among Detroit's all-time top ten in five offensive categories. McAuliffe grew up and played baseball as a youth in Farmington, CT.

His main teammates included Al Kaline (5110), Norm Cash (5026), Bill Freehan (4573), Willie Horton (3317) and Mickey Lolich (3252).

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 3-time AL All-Star (1965-1967)
  • AL Runs Scored Leader (1968)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1964, 1966 & 1967)
  • Won a World Series with the Detroit Tigers in 1968

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