Tuesday, July 27, 2010

#62 Dick Simpson

Richard Charles Simpson
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 176 lb.
Born: July 28, 1943 in Washington, DC
Debut: September 21, 1962 Los Angeles Angels
Final Game: August 27, 1969 Seattle Pilots
Years with the Angels: 1962 - 1965

Signed by the Los Angeles Angels as an amateur free agent prior to the 1961 season.
December 2, 1965: Traded by the California Angels to the Baltimore Orioles for Norm Siebern.

With 2 on and 2 out in the 6th, he pinch hit for pitcher Fred Newman and singled to left off Mudcat Grant scoring Leo Burke from second in an eventual 9-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Friday, September 21, 1962 (N) at Chavez Ravine.

In 85 at-bats in 35 games over 3 seasons (didn't play in 1963) he hit .176. Committed only 2 errors in 100 chances playing outfield.

- 6'4" tall, but he weighed only 176 pounds.
- Was only 19 when he made his Major League debut.
- Was the second youngest player in 1962, trailing only Ed Kirkpatrick.
- Was considered one of the fastest players of his day, but still only stole 10 career bases.
- Did not play Major League baseball in 1963.
- Hit a leadoff home run on the first pitch from Mickey Lolich in a June 9, 1969 game. This would end up being the only run Lolich gave up in the game, a game in which he struck out 16 batters. That was the final home run of his career.

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