Dick Sisler

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1965 Topps #158 Dick Sisler

Richard Allan Sisler

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Biographical Information[edit]

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Dick Sisler, the son of Hall of Famer George Sisler, had a respectable baseball career in his own right. He and his father are one of only four pairs of fathers and sons who both were big league managers. The other pairs are Bob Skinner and son Joel Skinner, Bob Boone and Aaron Boone, and Felipe Alou and Luis Rojas.

After missing the 1943-1945 seasons due to military service during World War II, Dick broke in with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946, a team which won the World Series; he appeared in two World Series games as a pinch hitter.

After a less impressive year in 1947, he joined the Philadelphia Phillies who were building toward their pennant-winning "Whiz Kids" year in 1950. 1950 was Sisler's best year, as he hit .296 with 13 home runs and was included on the All-Star team. In the 1950 World Series, he played in all four games, batting either third or fifth in the lineup. After 11 games with the Cincinnati Reds in 1952, he moved back to the Cardinals for most of 1952 and 1953, where he closed out his eight-year career. In 1952 he equaled his personal high of 13 home runs.

Lifetime, he appeared in 387 games at first base, and 289 games in the outfield. His career batting average was a respectable .276. In the minors, Sisler played from 1939 to 1942 and later from 1953 to 1958, with a lifetime minor league batting average of .303. He also managed in the minors from 1957 to 1960.

Sisler was a Cincinnati Reds coach from 1961 to 1964. He managed the Reds for part of 1964, when he took over for an ailing Fred Hutchinson, and for all of 1965. Key players included Frank Robinson, Vada Pinson, and a young Pete Rose. As a manager, his lifetime winning percentage was .563. After winning 89 games as manager of the Reds in 1965, he was fired and became a coach with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1966 to 1970, including the World Champion 1967 team. He also coached the San Diego Padres in 1975 and 1976 and the New York Mets in 1979 and 1980.

His brother Dave Sisler also played in the major leagues for seven years as a pitcher, and his other brother, George Sisler Jr., was involved in minor league baseball for decades. Dick was a coach with the Reds in 1962 while Dave was a pitcher for the team.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Fred Hutchinson
Cincinnati Reds Manager
Succeeded by
Don Heffner

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1957 Nashville Volunteers Southern Association 83-69 3rd Cincinnati Redlegs
1958 Nashville Volunteers Southern Association 76-78 5th Cincinnati Redlegs
1959 Nashville Volunteers Southern Association 84-64 3rd Cincinnati Redlegs
1960 Seattle Rainiers Pacific Coast League 77-75 4th Cincinnati Reds
1964 Cincinnati Reds National League 32-21 3rd Cincinnati Reds Interim for Fred Hutchinson July 28-August 4
Replaced Fred Hutchinson (60-49) on August 14
1965 Cincinnati Reds National League 89-73 4th Cincinnati Reds

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