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Encyclopedia > Dale Long
Dale Long in his rookie season - Topps baseball card - 1955 Series, #127
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Dale Long in his rookie season - Topps baseball card - 1955 Series, #127


Richard Dale Long (February 6, 1926 - January 27, 1991) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball. From 1951 through 1963, Long played with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1951[start], 1955-1957[start]), St. Louis Browns (1951[end]), Chicago Cubs (1957[end]-1959), San Francisco Giants (1960[start]), New York Yankees (1960[end], 1962[end]-1963) and Washington Senators (1961-1962[start]). He batted and threw left-handed. The Topps Company (NASDAQ: TOPP) is a publicly traded company based in New York City that manufactures candy and collectibles. ... February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... January 27 is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... 1951 was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The Baltimore Orioles are a Major League Baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ... The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... The Washington Senators can refer to: The Washington Senators (officially named the Washington Nationals during the 1905–1956 seasons), an American League baseball team based in Washington, D.C. from 1901 to 1960. ...


A native of Springfield, Missouri, Long turned down an offer from the Green Bay Packers to play football. Instead, he opted to play baseball. Springfield is the third largest city in Missouri. ... Note: Basketball teams from Chicago and Anderson once used the name Packers as well. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


Career

Long spent six seasons in minor leagues playing for five different organizations before he debuted with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1951, ending the season with the St. Louis Browns. After three and a half more seasons in the minors, Pittsburgh gave Long another chance to play in the majors. He hit a solid .291 average with 79 RBI, collecting double figures in extra bases with 19 doubles, 13 triples and 16 home runs. A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor leagues are baseball leagues which are at a lower pay level and generally play in smaller cities and towns than Major League Baseball. ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... In baseball, an extra base hit (EB, EBH or XBH) is a statistic credited to a batter for hitting a double, triple, or home run. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... For other uses of the phrase see Home run (disambiguation) In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run for each runner who was already on...


In 1956, Long posted career-highs in home runs (27) and RBI (91) and also made the National League All-Star team, but he was sure to put his name in the records books for hitting eight home runs in eight consecutive games between May 19 and May 28. Since then, the mark has been matched only by Don Mattingly (1987) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993), both in the American League. See also: 1955 in sports, 1957 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Buck Baker The United States Auto Club (USAC) was founded to take over race sanctioning from the American Automobile Association (AAA). ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ... Donald Arthur Mattingly (Donnie Baseball) (born April 20, 1961) was a star left-handed baseball player (first baseman) for the New York Yankees in the 1980s. ... George Kenneth Griffey, Jr. ... // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...


Traded to the Chicago Cubs in May 1957, Long belted 55 homers for the Cubs in two and a half seasons. But again, he was part of the major league records. In 1958 Long became the first left-handed throwing catcher since 1924, and in 1959 he tied another home run record, when he hit back-to-back pinch-hit homers.  See also: 1956 in sports, 1958 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Buck Baker Indianapolis 500 - Sam Hanks USAC Racing - Jimmy Bryan won the season championship Formula One Championship - Argentina 24 hours of Le Mans: the team of Ron Flockhart / Ivor Bueb won... See also: 1957 in sports, 1959 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 - Jimmy Bryan USAC Racing - Tony Bettenhausen won the season championship Formula One Championship - Great Britain February 23 - Cuban rebels kidnap 5-time F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket Catcher is a position played in baseball. ... See also: 1923 in sports, 1925 in sports and the list of years in sports. Football (American) Cleveland Bulldogs win National Football League title Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League Essendon wins the 28th VFL Premiership (under the finals system used, no grand final was played) Brownlow Medal awarded for... See also: 1958 in sports, 1960 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship — Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 — Rodger Ward USAC Racing — Rodger Ward Formula One Champion — Australia 24 hours of Le Mans: Carroll Shelby... Baseball In Baseball, a Pinch hitter is a common term for a substitute batter. ...


In 1960 Long divided his playing time between the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees. As a member of the Yankees, he faced his former Pirates team in the 1960 World Series. The Series ended in dramatic fashion with Pittsburgh's second baseman Bill Mazeroski hitting a series-winning home run in Game Seven. See also: 1959 in sports, other events of 1960, 1961 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Junior Johnson won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Rex White Indianapolis 500 - Jim Rathmann USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the season championship Formula One Championship... The 1960 World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) and New York Yankees (AL). ... The position of the second baseman A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. ... William Stanley Mazeroski (born September 5, 1936, in Wheeling, West Virginia), nicknamed Maz, is a former Major League Baseball player. ...


Long played for the Washington Senators from 1961-62, but was also on the Yankees team that won the 1962 World Series over the Giants. He finished his playing career in 1963. Following his retirement, he served as an umpire in minor league baseball. See also: 1960 in sports, other events of 1961, 1962 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Marvin Panch won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Ned Jarrett Indianapolis 500 - A.J. Foyt USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the driving championship Formula One... 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The 1962 World Series matched the defending champion New York Yankees against the San Francisco Giants, who had won their first pennant since moving from New York in 1958, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game playoff. ... In sports, an umpire is an official appointed to rule on plays and procedure. ...


In a 10-season career, Long was a .267 hitter with 132 home runs and 467 RBI in 1013 games.


Dale Long died in Palm Coast, Florida at age of 64. Palm Coast is a city located in Flagler County, Florida. ...


See also

In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score. ...

Sources

  • Baseball Library - profile and chronology
  • Baseball Reference - career statistics and analysis
  • Encyclopedia of Baseball Catchers - list of left handed throwing catchers
  • Historic Baseball - obituary

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