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Richard Carl Tomanek (Bones)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 175 lb.

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Left-hander Dick Tomanek was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent before the 1950 season. He spent his first two seasons in the minors with average success. In 1953, he chalked up a 13-8 record with a 3.11 ERA for the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association and would get a late season call up to the major league Indians to show his stuff.

Tomanek quotes, "My dad told a group of his friends in a bar that if I made it up to the Indians he would walk the twenty miles from our home in Avon Lake to Municipal Stadium to see me pitch, and he did it."

His father wes rewarded after his long walk with watching his son beat the Detroit Tigers 8-2 on September 25, 1953. He was back with the 1954 Indians but made only one appearance out of the bullpen for the 1954 American League champions and finished up the remainder of the season with Indianapolis, going 6-9 with a 4.29 ERA.

The 6' 1", 175-pound pitcher, who was know as "Bones", returned to Cleveland in 1957, going 2-1 in 34 games, primarily as a reliever. He was traded, along with Roger Maris, to the Kansas City Athletics during the 1958 season and was 7-8 with five saves in 52 games between the two teams that year. He closed out his five seasons of big league play with the Athletics the following year with an overall mark of 10-10 and a 4.95 ERA in 106 games. Dick commented about Maris: "Roger was my room-mate and he was a great ballplayer and a great guy."

Tomanek had spent seven seasons in the minors, 1950 through 1960, and closed out his pro baseball time in the 1960 season with an overall minor league record of 43-57 and a 4.01 ERA, while pitching 868 innings.

Tomanek, who retired from the B.F. Goodrich Chemical Company in 1990, continues to make his home in Avon Lake, OH as of last notice.

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