Dale Long

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Richard Dale Long

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dale Long was a solid major league first baseman who is best remembered for two notable achievements. En route to his best year as a power hitter, he set a record by homering in eight consecutive games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1956. That year he hit 27 home runs and had 91 RBIs. He broke into the majors with the Pirates in 1951 and also played for the St. Louis Browns that year, them was out of the majors until coming back with Pittsburgh in 1955. His record was tied by Don Mattingly in 1987 and Ken Griffey Jr. in 1993.

Long's other notoriety is this: he was one of the last left-handed catchers in the major leagues. He caught in two games for the Chicago Cubs in 1958. Mike Squires and Benny Distefano are the only two men to have followed suit since.

Prior to reaching the majors, Long was drafted 3 straight years. He went in the minor league portion of the 1948 Rule V Draft and 1949 Rule V Draft, and the major league portion of the 1950 Rule V Draft.

He umpired five years in the minor leagues and later was a field representative for the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues - the governing body of minor league baseball.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Les Biederman: "Dale Long's String of 8 Homers, A Memorable Saga", Baseball Digest, July 1969, pp. 42-44. [1]

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