Dick Culler

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Richard Broadus Culler

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dick Culler played eight seasons in the big leagues. After a cup of coffee with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1936, he didn't come back until 1943, when he was a member of the Chicago White Sox. He then played in the majors each season until 1949.

He umpired one National League game on July 10, 1947, when umpires Beans Reardon and Larry Goetz failed to show up because of a scheduling mix-up. Jocko Conlan, who did make it to the game, selected one player from each team to work the bases while he worked home plate. Culler, who was with the Boston Braves that year, was at third base while Bucky Walters of the Cincinnati Reds was at first base.

Dick was born in High Point, NC, near Greensboro, NC. He attended High Point High School.

In between his first major league stint and his second, he played in the minors for Reidsville, Nashville and St. Paul. In 1944, although he was in the majors for a while, he spent most of the season with Milwaukee. From 1948 to 1950, he also was in the minors at least part of each season.

He was one of three managers for the Reidsville Luckies in 1939.

He was known as "Broadus" (his middle name) in High Point, and was a star athlete in high school. He played for an outlaw league before his time in the majors and also in 1937. After baseball, he started a sporting goods business and later purchased a dairy farm.

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