Rick Stelmaszek

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Richard Francis Stelmaszek

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Rick Stelmaszek played eleven seasons of pro baseball, with cups of coffee in the majors in 1971, 1973, and 1974. He began managing in the minors with the Wisconsin Rapids Twins in 1978, spending his first year there as a player/manager. After three years at the helm of Wisconsin Rapids, he joined the Minnesota Twins coaching staff in 1981 and stayed through 2012.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017 and the Twins honored him by having him throw the ceremonial first pitch on opening day that year.

His father Ray Stelmack, was a pitcher/outfielder in the New York Yankees chain.

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