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Donald Lester Richmond

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Third baseman Don Richmond was signed as an amateur free agent by the Philadelphia Athletics before the 1940 season. The 6' 1" left-hand swinging infielder would spend his first pro season with the Batavia Clippers of the PONY League where he hit for a .330 average and 6 homers in 107 games. He followed that up by hitting .318 with the Williamsport Grays in 1941 and also would be in 9 games for the major league Philadelphia Athletics hitting an even .200 before being drafted into the United States Army where he would spend the next four years (1942-45) serving with the Military Services in the Pacific Theater of action during World War II.

On his return Don would have two short stays at Shibe Park in 1946 and '47 getting into only 35 games with the Philadelphia Athletics and hit for a two year average of .240. Other then another short run of 12 games with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1951 this would be the extent of his major league career, ending with a .211 batting average in 56 games.

Richmond would be in pro ball for 14 active seasons (1940-57) and other then his short time spent in the majors he would be with 10 different minor league teams in 7 different leagues. Out of those 14 years Richmond hit over .300 ten times in the minors with his best years coming in (1950-52) with the Rochester Red Wings of the IL when he led the league in '50 with a .333 average, hits with 191 and runs scored with 126, helping his team to the IL pennant. In 1951 he hit a career high .350 in 412 at bats and he followed that up in 1952 with a .329 average, also leading the league with 190 base hits and playing third base for the All-Star team.

Don took over as player-manager of the Batavia Indians in 1957 where he hit for a .381 average but that was not quite enough as Paul Owens of the Olean Oilers hit .407. Don did not play in 1958.

Minor League Managing Career

Year League Team W L Pct Fin GB Managers
1957 NYPL Batavia Indians* 58 59 .496 4 16 Don Richmond
1958 NYPL Batavia Indians 60 65 .480 6 9.5 Don Richmond

Playoff runners-up in 1957*

Richmond would scout for the Cleveland Indians in (1959) and the Milwaukee Braves in (1960-1961). He then became a beer distributor in Elmira, NY, where he died May 24, 1981, at age 61.


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Baseball Players of the 1950s
Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
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