Dusty Rhodes (outfielder)

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Dusty Rhodes
Outfielder
Born: (1927-05-13)May 13, 1927
Montgomery County, Alabama
Died: June 17, 2009(2009-06-17) (aged 82)
Las Vegas
Batted: LeftThrew: Right 
MLB debut
July 15, 1952 for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1959 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Batting average    .253
Home runs    54
Runs batted in    207
Teams
Career highlights and awards
 
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Dusty Rhodes
Outfielder
Born: (1927-05-13)May 13, 1927
Montgomery County, Alabama
Died: June 17, 2009(2009-06-17) (aged 82)
Las Vegas
Batted: LeftThrew: Right 
MLB debut
July 15, 1952 for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1959 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Batting average    .253
Home runs    54
Runs batted in    207
Teams
Career highlights and awards

James Lamar Rhodes (May 13, 1927, Mathews, Alabama – June 17, 2009, Las Vegas[1]) was an outfielder with a 7 year career from 1952–1957, 1959. He played for the Giants franchise of the National League (1952-57 in New York, 1959 in San Francisco).

Of him, manager Leo Durocher said "a buffoon is a drunk on a hitting spree". In the 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.[2] The next day he delivered a pinch hit single in the fifth inning and then remained in the game to play left field. In the seventh inning he hit a homer off Early Wynn to help ensure the victory.[3]

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. Mays considered Rhodes to be a "fabulous hitter", as did Durocher, who wrote in his autobiography, "...boy could he hit!", while commenting on Rhodes atrocious fielding abilities.[4]

After his sports career, Dusty Rhodes worked for a friend on a tug boat for 25 years, a job 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."

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Awards
Preceded by
Billy Martin
Babe Ruth Award
1954
Succeeded by
Johnny Podres