Richie Myers

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Richard Myers

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After nine years in the minors, Richie Myers made it up to the big leagues for a four-game trial with the Chicago Cubs in 1956. The shortstop position belonged to Ernie Banks and he was used mainly as a pinch runner, but had one plate appearance with no hits, during his short stay. A native of Sacramento, CA, where he was a star pitcher in high school and American Legion ball in the late 1940s, Richie lost his first three decisions for his hometown Pacific Coast League team, the Sacramento Solons, before becoming a full-time shortstop in 1948.

Myers spent his 1949 year with the Wenatchee Chiefs of the Western International League where he had one of his best years, if not the best (not adjusting for level of competition), hitting for a .301 average with 18 home runs in 145 games. Richie would spend seven of his nine years in pro ball with his hometown Sacramento Solons and in 1954, the 5' 6", 150 lb. shortstop hit .303 with six homers for the locals. After his short stay with the Cubs in 1956, he finished up his nine-year pro baseball career with the Los Angeles Angels. He closed out with a .261 average and 45 home runs in 937 games. Richie also fielded the shortstop position at a .964 percentage.

Myers made his home in Sacramento, CA, where until his retirement, he was employed by the city in a supervisory capacity. He died in 2011.


Baseball Players of the 1950s

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