Dusty Rhodes (baseball)

Dusty Rhodes (baseball)

Infobox MLB retired
name=Dusty Rhodes

birthdate=birth date and age|1927|5|13
debutdate=July 15
debutteam=New York Giants
finaldate=September 27
finalteam=San Francisco Giants
stat1label=Batting Average
stat2label=Home runs
*New York / San Francisco Giants (by|1952-by|1957, by|1959)
*1954 Babe Ruth Award

James Lamar Rhodes (born May 13, 1927 in Matthews, Alabama) was an outfielder with a 7 year career from 1952-1957, 1959. He played for the New York Giants and San Francisco Giants, both of the National League.

Of him, the great manager Leo Durocher said "a buffoon is a drunk on a hitting spree." In the by|1954 season, he was often used as a pinch-hitter for Monte Irvin, and came through with an incredible number of clutch hits.

In the first game of the 1954 World Series, Rhodes had a pinch hit home run in the bottom of the tenth inning off Bob Lemon to win the game. [http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B09290NY11954.htm] . The next day he delivered a pinch hit single in the fifth inning and the remanied in the game to play left field. In the seventh inning he hit a homer off Early Wynn to help ensure the victory. [http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B09300NY11954.htm]

Roy Campanella, the Brooklyn Dodger catcher, said of Durocher and his action of pinch-hitting Rhodes: "If they have to pinch hit Rhodes for Irvin, they must be hurting." Willie Mays mocked this assumption in his autobiography, and it seems that Rhodes was the prototypical 'Durocher Player'––a man who on the surface seemed to be unable to run, hit, throw, or field, but beat you anyway. Durocher applied this theory to other players as well, most notably Eddie Stanky.

Dusty Rhodes remains a legend in New York City, where he exemplified the underdog in peak glory, even though the "Miracle" Giants have long since moved to San Francisco.

During the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece, Rhodes, of Greek heritage, was given the chance to coach for the host nation, Greece. Most of the players on the Greek Baseball team was made up of Americans with Greek heritage, including Clay Bellinger of the Baltimore Orioles.

After Rhodes career, Dusty worked for a friend on a tug boat for 25 years, a job in which Dusty said he loved. Dusty stated after his career when asked why his career was so short, "After Durocher left the Giants, baseball wasn't fun anymore."

ee also

* 1954 World Series
* Major League Baseball hitters with three home runs in one game


* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/rhodedu01.shtml Baseball Reference]

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