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 Posted: Wed Jun 16th, 2010 08:50 pm
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Two links and an obit from Bill Madden.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=rhodedu01


BY Bill Madden
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

Thursday, June 18th 2009, 2:30 PM

Dusty Rhodes, the incorrigible New York Giants free spirit who became the improbable hero of the 1954 World Series, died Wednesday in Las Vegas after a variety of illnesses, including diabetes and emphysema. He was 82.

The Alabama-born Rhodes, who came up to the Giants in 1952 with a reputation of being a hard-hitting, hard-drinking and defensively challenged left fielder, achieved baseball immortality in the '54 Series when he went 4-for-6 with two homers and seven RBI in the Giants' four-game sweep of the heavily favored, 111-win Cleveland Indians. Rhodes, whose lefthanded stroke was tailor-made for the short right field porch at the old Polo Grounds, won the first game with a pinch-hit, 10th-inning three-run homer off future Hall of Famer Bob Lemon just inside the right field foul pole, about 296 feet away. The next day, he delivered a pinch single in the fifth and a home run in the seventh against another future Hall of Famer, Early Wynn, to highlight a 3-1 Giants win. Finally, in Game 3, he hit a two-run pinch single off the Indians' Mike Garcia to spark a 6-2 Giants win.

For all three pinch-hitting opportunities in the Series, Giants manager Leo Durocher elected to have Rhodes bat for Negro League legend Monte Irvin, who went on to become a Hall of Famer himself.

"It's a sad day for me," Irvin said last night via phone from Houston. "Dusty and I were such good friends. Even though he was born in Alabama, he was like a brother to all the black players. Dusty was color-blind. He sure did like the good life, though, which would drive Leo crazy. I remember one time we were in Japan playing an exhibition series and Leo and I were standing in the hotel lobby late one night when Dusty came through the door. Leo said: 'Are you coming or are you going?'"

Rhodes, who wound up playing only seven seasons - all with the Giants - in the big leagues before retiring in 1959 with a career .253 average and 54 homers in 576 games, freely admitted his fondness for the drink and the nightlife. In an interview at his home in Las Vegas with the Daily News last December, he joked: "I couldn't buy a drink in New York after that '54 Series. It's funny, I was never sick a day in my life until I quit drinking."

In his autobiography, "Nice Guys Finish Last," Durocher described Rhodes as "the worst fielder who ever played in a big league game who made training rules forgotten" but added: "Dusty was the kind of buffoon who kept a club confident and happy. And boy could he hit! Between him and Willie Mays, there was nothing but laughter in our clubhouse."

"He was a fabulous hitter and a great friend," Mays said last night from San Francisco. "He stayed at my house and I've never had a greater friend."



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PeteF3 wrote: Not quite the same but I always do a double-take when I hear the name of NFL CB Ricky Manning, Jr.  Despite being a black guy I always have to remind myself he's not the "Jr." of the white Indians CF from the '70s and current Tribe color man.

I'm pretty sure that they still prefer the term " African American " .



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clawmaster wrote: Steve Smith is another one. Two current NFL players. Two former Hockey players.

And the ex drummer for Journey.:D



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clawmaster wrote:
Steve Smith is another one. Two current NFL players. Two former Hockey players.


As well as an excellent 70s/80s drummer (played with Journey during their big years).



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Mick wrote: clawmaster wrote:
Steve Smith is another one. Two current NFL players. Two former Hockey players.


As well as an excellent 70s/80s drummer (played with Journey during their big years).

Steve Smith Michigan Wolverines running back



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clawmaster wrote: Mick wrote: clawmaster wrote:
Steve Smith is another one. Two current NFL players. Two former Hockey players.


As well as an excellent 70s/80s drummer (played with Journey during their big years).

Steve Smith Michigan Wolverines running back

Wasn't there also a shooting guard from Michigan State named Steve Smith?  He had a decent NBA career.



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In the '60s, there was a MLB infielder named John Kennedy.

 


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The Ultimate Sin wrote: clawmaster wrote: Mick wrote: clawmaster wrote:
Steve Smith is another one. Two current NFL players. Two former Hockey players.


As well as an excellent 70s/80s drummer (played with Journey during their big years).

Steve Smith Michigan Wolverines running back

Wasn't there also a shooting guard from Michigan State named Steve Smith?  He had a decent NBA career.

He does announcing now on the NBA Network.



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Detroit pitcher Steve King and writer Stephen King

I collect yearbooks. I found this gentleman in the 1962 one from Ringgold.



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Bill Russell, the Celtics legend, and Bill Russell, the former Dodgers SS and manager.

There were two Bob Kellys in the NHL in the '70s: Bob "Battleship" Kelly of the Penguins and Blues, Bob "Hound" Kelly of the Flyers.

The 1962 Mets had two pitchers named Bob Miller, one LH and one RH.

There were two catchers named Hal Smith in MLB in the '50s/'60s. One was with the Cardinals, the other with the Athletics/Pirates/Colt 45s/Reds.

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TerryWWWF wrote: There were two Bob Kellys in the NHL in the '70s: Bob "Battleship" Kelly of the Penguins and Blues, Bob "Houndog" Kelly of the Flyers.



Fixed the nickname for ya.



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Weren't there two or three pitchers named Greg Harris in MLB at the same time?



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The Ultimate Sin wrote: Weren't there two or three pitchers named Greg Harris in MLB at the same time?

Yup - here's their baseball cards from the same year.

       



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