Wow, you guys. I left you Dickless for 17 days. Sorry about that. Life stuff, snow stuff, not much fun stuff. Let's get back to some Dick stuff!
Folks, let's welcome the late, great Dick "The Monster" Radatz to The Year Of Dicks!
As you can see, we're not actually using a card for Dick here, but rather a 1966 Topps Rub-Off, gifted to me from Bob! Very cool item, Bob kicked me a few of 'em including Dick recently, so thanks, Bob!
Now, back to Mr. Radatz (Dick to his friends, "Moose" to some other folks and "that monster" if you're Mickey Mantle, which is where the "Monster" nickname came from). Dick was a relief pitcher for 5 different teams during his big league career, most notably the Boston Red Sox. He was a two-time All-Star, two-time AL Fireman Of The Year and two-time Saves leader. After his time with Boston, he played for the Indians, White Sox and Tigers before wrapping up as an original Montreal Expo in the expansion year of 1969. He's a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, and was undoubtedly one of the best pre-"closer era" relief pitchers to play the game. Sadly, Dick passed away after an accident at home in 2005, but we salute him on this day as a tough competitor and a great Dick in baseball history!