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Ladies and gentlemen, here it is, by popular request: your all-time baseball All Star Team made up of a bunch of Dicks. What are my qualifications to present this All Dick Team? I cannot hit a baseball, but I have been a card-carrying Richard since birth.
When I was younger, more Richards used the nickname “Dick”. Today, few of us do, because the name comes with a double entendre that yields plenty of laughs (for those of you from other cultures, “dick” refers to the male sexual organ and it also describes someone who acts like a jerk). Who wants to face ridicule when we Richards have such a wealth of other nicknames from which to choose? Rich, Richie, Rick, Ricky, Ricardo, Rico, and just plain Richard, which is my favorite.
Photo: Dick Allen and Wilbur Wood. Source: Chicago White Sox.
From the 1950s to the 1980s (or thereabouts), American Major League Baseball was full of Dicks. Some of them have fun names. Even if your name is Richard, you’re allowed some laughs.
Dick Starr, St. Louis Browns, 1951 (P)
Scouting report: Sounds like a bad porn handle, but this one is safe for work.
Dick Bosman, Oakland Athletics, 1976 (P)
Scouting report: The Boss-man cometh!
Dick Tidrow, Chicago Cubs, 1979 (P)
Scouting report: Was nicknamed “Dirt” for his unkempt appearance.
Dick Drago, Boston Red Sox, 1977 (P)
Scouting report: Was Drago the dragon lady’s husband in Game of Thrones?
Dick Weik, Detroit Tigers, 1954 (P)
Scouting report: No, you’re wrong. Dick Strong!
Wilbur Wood, Chicago White Sox, 1972 (P)
Scouting Report: Watch out for those morning games.
Dick Such, Washington Senators, 1970 (P)
Scouting report: He had one major league win.
Dick Lines, Washington Senators, 1968 (P)
Scouting report: What are those? Should I call a doctor?
Dick Dietz, San Francisco Giants, 1968 (C)
Scouting report: Good initials. Nicknamed “The Mule”.
Dick Brown, Chicago White Sox, 1960 (C)
Scouting report: There’s a Green on this team, too; they come in all colors.
Dick Allen, Chicago White Sox, 1961 (1B)
Scouting report: Probably the best power hitter on this team; this guy made some real All Star teams in his day.
Pete La Cock, Chicago Cubs, 1976 (1B)
Scouting report: Last names are fair game also.
Dick Green, Kansas City Athletics, 1967 (2B)
Scouting report: When you have a day game after a night game and you pop too many of those pills.
Dick McAuliffe, Boston Red Sox, 1974 (2B)
Scouting report: Dick Mac for short.
Dick Kenworthy, New York Mets, 1968 (3B)
Scouting report: Worthy of a spot at the hot corner.
Dick Schofield, California Angels, 1983 (3B/SS)
Scouting report: Played most of his games at Shortstop, but we’ll put him here.
Dick Groat, St. Louis Cardinals, 1963 (SS)
Scouting report: Goat, groan, grow it - pick your pun.
Dickie Thon, Philadelphia Phillies, 1980 (SS)
Scouting report: Sadly, a beanball cut short his promising career.
Dick Sharon, Detroit Tigers/San Diego Padres, 1974 (OF)
Scouting report: No Sharon Stone jokes, please.
Dick Kokos, St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles, 1954 (OF)
Scouting report: Depends on how you pronounce it.
Johnny Dickshot, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1937 (OF)
Scouting report: His legal name at birth was John Dicksus. Self proclaimed “ugliest man in baseball.”
Dick Simpson, New York Yankees, 1969 (OF)
Scouting report: He could bag ‘em. Fastest Dick on this list?
Dick Davis, Milwaukee Brewers, 1981 (OF)
Scouting report: Had the distinction of being traded twice for the same player (Wayne Nordhagen).
Rusty Kuntz, Minnesota Twins, 1983 (OF)
Scouting report: “I’d see parents holding their hands over their kids’ ears when I came up to the plate,” he complained, explaining that his last name is supposed to be pronounced like “Koontz”. http://sportsmansdaily.com/thescrum/?p=1846
Dick Sisler, Cincinnati Reds, 1965 (Manager)
Scouting report: So hot he sizzled.
Dick Williams, Montreal Expos, 1977 (Manager)
Scouting report: Won two championships and managed six different teams.
Dick Howser, Kansas City Royals, 1985 (Manager)
Scouting report: Managed KC to its first championship.
Dick Pole, Chicago Cubs, 2003 (Pitching Coach)
Scouting report: Classic name, longtime pitcher and coach.
Honorable Team Captains
Dick Butkus, Linebacker, Chicago Bears
Dick Felt, Halfback, Boston Patriots
Dick Post, Running Back, San Diego Chargers
Dick Versace, Coach, Indiana Pacers
Dick Trickle, Race Car Driver, Snickers Ford
Here’s a video of Dick Trickle smoking at the Winston 500 in Talladega
References: Topps, Fleer, Donruss, Wikipedia.com, and Baseball-Reference.com