Dick Bartell

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Richard William Bartell
(Rowdy Richard or Shortwave)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Known for a fiery playing style which earned him the nickname "Rowdy Richard", shortstop Dick Bartell played eighteen seasons in the majors with five different teams. Known as a good hitter and solid fielder, he was a two-time All-Star and played in three World Series in his career.

After graduating from Alameda High School, Bartell began his pro career with the Bridgeport Bears in 1927. By the end of the season, he was in the majors, appearing for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their final game of the year; he would never again play in the minors. Pittsburgh dealt away prospect Joe Cronin prior to the next season, making Bartell the backup to Glenn Wright, and he hit .305 in his first full season in the bigs. After Wright was traded away, he became a starter, hitting .302 in 1929 and .320 in 1930.

After the 1930 season, Bartell was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for shortstop Tommy Thevenow and pitcher Claude Willoughby. He continued to excel and was the starting National League shortstop in the first All-Star Game in 1933. After four years in Philly, he was dealt to the New York Giants for four players and cash, and he went on to have some of his greatest seasons in New York. In the 1936 World Series, he hit .381 as the Giants lost to the New York Yankees. The next year, he hit .306 and was an All-Star for the second time in his career, but the club again fell to their crosstown rivals in the World Series.

Following a disappointing season with the Chicago Cubs, Bartell was dealt to the Detroit Tigers for Billy Rogell after the 1939 campaign. He hit just .233 for Detroit, but his team reached the World Series, falling to the Cincinnati Reds. He was released after making just five appearances the next year and then went back to the Giants, for whom he hit .303 the rest of the way. He remained with New York for two more summers as a utility player. He entered the Navy in April 1944 and was discharged December 1945.

Bartell returned to the Giants in 1946, appearing in a pair of games. After two years managing in the minors, he went on to serve on the Tigers staff from 1949 to 1952 and was a Reds coach in 1954 and 1955.

There are three Hall of Famers on Bartell's similarity scores list, with the most similar one being Red Schoendienst.

Bartell died of Alzheimer's disease at age 87.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time NL All-Star (1933 & 1937)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 3 (1929, 1932 & 1934)

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1947 Sacramento Solons Pacific Coast League 83-103 7th none
1948 Kansas City Blues American Association 64-88 6th New York Yankees
1956 Montgomery Rebels/Knoxville Smokies South Atlantic League 43-63 -- none -- Montgomery moved to Knoxville June 18
replaced by Earl Weaver (10-24) on August 8

Records Held[edit]

  • Tied MLB record by hitting four doubles in a game, April 25, 1933

Further Reading[edit]

  • Dick "Rowdy Rochard" Bartell and Norman L. Macht: Rowdy Richard: A Firsthand Account of the National League Baseball Wars of the 1930s and the Men Who Fought Them, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA, 1993. ISBN 0-938190-97-0 (originally published in 1987)

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