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Lloyd "Dutch" Dietz

 

Date and Place of Birth: February 9, 1912 Cincinnati, Ohio

Died: October 29, 1972 Beaumont, Texas

Baseball Experience: Major League
Position:
Pitcher
Rank:
Unknown
Military Unit:
Medical Corps US Army

Area Served: United States

Lloyd A “Dutch” Dietz was born on February 9, 1912 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Western State Teachers College and was signed by the Detroit Tigers organization in 1936, playing sparingly for Augusta and Beaumont. He was 14-7 with Henderson of the East Texas League in 1937 and in 1938, Dietz was 10-4 with Beaumont. He advanced to Toledo of the American Association in 1939 where he was 3-17 for a terrible ball club.

In January 1940, Dietz found himself a free agent as baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis released 91 players from the Tigers’ organization. In the opinion of Landis, these players had been kept in “cold storage” on farm teams from Shreveport to Seattle. One team with which Detroit had a secret deal was Hot Springs in the Cotton States League, which found itself left with only one player after the commissioner’s ruling.

Dietz joined the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for the 1940 season and made his major league debut on April 26. He made four appearances for the Pirates before joining Syracuse of the International League for the remainder of the season.

Dietz joined the Pirates’ regular staff in 1941 and made 33 appearances for a 7-2 record and 2.33 ERA. The following year he pitched 40 games for the Pirates and was traded to the Phillies in June 1943. Dietz pitched 21 games with the Phillies before joining the Brooklyn Dodgers and finishing the season with Montreal of the International League.

Dietz entered military service with the Medical Corps of the US Army on April 27, 1944. He served at Brooke General Hospital at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and pitched for the Brooke General Hospital Medicos in 1944.

In 1945, he hurled for the Fort Sam Houston Rangers in the Service Baseball League that featured the San Antonio Air Cadet Center, Randolph Field, San Marcos, Hondo Field, Kelly Field and Brooks Field. On May 17, Dietz pitched a 2-0, one-hitter against Brooks Field and beat them again on August 7, with a 2-1, four-hitter.

Dietz returned to baseball following his discharge from the Army on January 18m 1946. He played for St Paul of the American Association in 1946 and 1947, ending his career with New Orleans of the Southern Association in 1948 and 1949.

Lloyd Dietz passed away in Beaumont, Texas on October 29, 1972. He was 60.

Created May 15, 2008.

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