Murry Dickson

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1959 Topps #23 Murry Dickson

Murry Monroe Dickson

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Murry Dickson was drafted into the U.S. Army on September 28, 1943 but was given special furlough to participate in the 1943 World Series that year. In the Army he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and the crossing of the Rhine. He rose to the rank of sergeant and earned four battle stars and a good conduct ribbon. Dickson landed with the 35th Division at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and fought through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. He was discharged on November 5, 1945.

Returning to the Cardinals the following year, in 1946, Dickson had one of his best seasons, going 15-6 with a 2.88 ERA as the team went on to win the World Series. He was sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1949 and won 20 games with the club in 1951. However, he led the National League in losses each of the next three seasons. At the age of 41, he was traded to the New York Yankees by the Kansas City Athletics in 1958, allowing him another post-season appearance. He pitched two games in relief as the Yankees defeated the Milwaukee Braves in seven games to win the 1958 World Series. He returned to the Athletics to pitch one more year as a reliever in1959 before retiring.

Dickson briefly held the all-time career record for home runs allowed. In 1956, he took the record from Red Ruffing; but in 1957, the record passed to Robin Roberts, who held it until Jamie Moyer broke it in 2010.

Dickson died of emphysema at age 73.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (1953)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1946 & 1951)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1951)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 10 (1947-1956)
  • Won three World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals (1942 & 1946; he did not play in the 1942 World Series) and the New York Yankees (1958)

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