Bill Dickey

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Birthdate 6/6/1907
Death Date 11/12/1993
Debut Year 1928
Year of Induction 1954
Teams Yankees
Position Catcher

As a player and a Yankee manager and coach, 11-time All Star Bill Dickey helped teams win fourteen World Series Championships.

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Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey made his MLB debut on 8/15/1928

Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey made his MLB debut on 8/15/1928

Bill Dickey was barely old enough to drink when he made his big league debut in 1928. Seventy days past his 21st birthday, Dickey filled in for Yankee backstop Benny Bengough and became a major leaguer on August 15, 1928. Though he played in just 10 games that year, Dickey broke out as a star the following season. In his first full year of 1929, Dickey hit .324. That began
The Yankees responded to Harridge’s letter two days later to clarify Dickey's status

The Yankees responded to Harridge’s letter two days later to clarify Dickey's status

This file copy is a response to William Harridge’s letter seen in the previous image. Here Yankee executive Ed Barrow clarifies a mistake found in Harridge’s letter. The correspondence reads, “Replying to your letter of Aug. 16 beg to advise that player William Dickey was recalled from the Lit
Original 1933 Goudey adorned with a vintage Bill Dickey autograph

Original 1933 Goudey adorned with a vintage Bill Dickey autograph

Bill Dickey had just completed his 1932 season before Goudey Gum Company came out with their 1933 set. Dickey won the first of his seven World Series rings with New York in ’32, hitting .438 — 7-for-16 with 4 runs batted in — in the four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs. Dickey has signed this decades-old cardboard. They Yankee catcher from 1928-1943 and again in
Dickey hit .302 with a .403 on-base percentage in 1939, the last time he reached either mark

Dickey hit .302 with a .403 on-base percentage in 1939, the last time he reached either mark

The 1939 season would be kind to Dickey as he hit .302 with a .403 on-base percentage, 24 homers and 105 RBI. His Yankees were again crowned World Champion of baseball. Though he would make five more All Star teams, his production declined. After the ’39 campaign Dickey never again had a seas
Dickey appeared as himself in the Lou Gehrig biopic Pride of the Yankees

Dickey appeared as himself in the Lou Gehrig biopic Pride of the Yankees

Bill Dickey and Lou Gehrig were Yankee teammates for 12 years. It was natural that the producers of Pride of the Yankees would enlist Dickey’s help to give the movie an authentic feel. To do so, the moviemakers employed sports agent Christy Walsh as a liaison to gain the cooperation of many ba
The catcher also appeared

The catcher also appeared "The Stratton Story" - his second Academy Award-winning film

Bill Dickey had a speaking part in The Pride of the Yankees, appearing as himself in the Academy Award-wining Lou Gehrig biopic. In 1948 he he appeared in another Oscar winning film, The Stratton Story. Based on the life and times of former American League All Star, White Sox pitcher Monty Stratto
Dickey remained close to the Yankee organization throughout his life

Dickey remained close to the Yankee organization throughout his life

A catcher in 11 of the first 12 All Star games, Bill Dickey enjoyed a 17-year big league career. With seven World Series rings as a player, Dickey was a mainstay in the Yankee lineup during the 1930s and early 40s. In this letter Dickey responds to fellow Hall of Famer Lee MacPhail’s invitatio

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