Date and Place of Birth: November 22, 1907 Chicago, Illinois
Died: August 6, 1995 Alameda, California
Position: Shortstop-Third Base
Rank: Petty Officer Third Class
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: United States
|Dick Bartell (left) with Barney McCosky and Birdie Tebbetts|
Richard “Dick” Bartell was born on November 22,
In 1928, Bartell platooned with Glenn Wright,
and became the Pirates’ regular shortstop the following season.
Bartell quickly established himself as a hard-nosed, hard-hitting
player, whose aggressive nature earned him the nickname “Rowdy
He was traded to the Phillies in 1931 and was the National League’s starting shortstop in the first ever All-Star game in 1933. He was traded to the Giants in 1935, where he enjoyed some of his best years including the 1937 pennant-winning season when he batted .306 and was a National League all-star selection.
Bartell was traded to the Cubs in 1939 and then to the Tigers the following season. The Tigers released the 33-year-old shortstop in May 1941 and he was picked up again by the Giants, where he switched to third base and batted .303.
Bartell remained with the Giants and had a very
productive season in 1943, appearing in 99 games and batting .270.
He entered military service with the Navy on April 17, 1944, and
took boot training as an apprentice seaman at
Bartell was later assigned to the
In September 1944, after completing an
eight-week course in physical instruction at Bainbridge, Petty
Officer Third Class Bartell reported to
He was successful in securing a number of games, which included a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on June 28, in which Bartell figured in four double plays.
Bartell was 38 years old when he was discharged
from service on October 5, 1945, but figured he still had a role to
play in baseball as a utility man or pinch hitter. He rejoined the
Giants but appeared in just five games before he was released .
Bartell remained in baseball for a number of years as a minor league manager. He was inducted into the San Francisco Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
Dick Bartell passed away on August 6, 1995, at
a convalescent hospital in
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