Dick Cox

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Elmer Joseph Cox

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Biographical Information[edit]

Although he was born Elmer Joseph Cox, he is remembered as Dick Cox. Dick was 29 years old when he broke into the majors, getting into around 120 games with the Brooklyn Robins in 1925 and the 1926. He mostly played right field.

Dick was born across the country from Brooklyn in Pasadena, CA. Before coming to the majors, he played for many years on the Pacific Coast, mostly for the Portland Beavers. In 1924, he appeared in 185 games, hitting .356 (highest among the regulars) with 60 doubles and 25 home runs. A teammate was the young Mickey Cochrane.

In 1925, Cox took over right field for the Robins, hitting .329 with 7 home runs. Both his batting average and home run total were third-best among the regulars on the team. The following season he hit .302, second best among the regulars, but 1927 found him with the minor-league Los Angeles Angels where his .345 batting average was highest among the regulars. The next two seasons he hit over .300 for the Shreveport Sports. A couple of years later he managed, both in 1931 and in 1932.

In 1934 he appeared in a movie, Death on a Diamond, with a number of other former major leaguers. [1] The following year he was in the movie Alibi Ike in an uncredited role. [2]

Dick was remembered many years later, in 2017, when Cody Bellinger reached 27 RBI near the end of May, tying him for third place with Dick Cox for the most RBI by a Dodgers rookie in a calendar month (Dick did so in August 1925). [3]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1931 Nogales Internationals Arizona-Texas League 62-67 5th
1932 Phoenix Senators Arizona-Texas League 8-13 -- -- Team disbanded May 9

Related Sites[edit]

Find-A-Grave Memorial for Dick Cox