Tuesday, May 17, 2016

RIP - Dick McAuliffe

1960s' Tigers' infielder Dick McAuliffe passed away on May 13, 2016 at age 76 (the same day as Reds' pitcher Sammy Ellis).

McAuliffe played for the Tigers from September 1960 through the 1973 season. He was their regular shortstop from 1963-66, before moving over to 2nd base for 1967-73. A three-time All-Star (1965-67), he played in the 1968 World Series and the 1972 ALCS.

Dick finished up his career with the Red Sox from 1974-75.

Detroit Free Press obituary

The Detroit News obituary


Eric C. Loy said...

I recreated the 1967 AL season in the Strat-o-matic Computer Game, managing the Tigers. I batted McAuliffe leadoff, with his propensity for walks, and Norm Cash second, who also walked a lot. I hit Ray Oyler third. Every time he came up with men on base (other than third) and less than two outs, he sacrificed, setting up the cleanup guy.

I always thought McAuliffe was underrated.

Fireblossom said...

He was one of my favorite Tigers when I was young. My father used to take me to see them often, and I saw him play any number of times. I was told by other kids that he lived not far from us. Those were the days when ballplayers weren't millionaires! I believe I have his autograph squirreled away someplace.

I always wondered about that old English "D" he is wearing on his cap in this shot. It is different than the bolder version the team has worn ever since I can remember. But some of the 60s baseball cards show this slightly different, skinnier "D". I assume they must have worn it for a season at some point in the early to mid 60s and then discarded it.