Rick Auerbach… played 11 seasons with the Brewers, Dodgers, Reds and Mariners. He had a pinch-hit double in the 1974 NLCS, and pinch-ran for Joe Ferguson in the 3rd game of the 1974 World Series.
Betcha didn’t know… Rick Auerbach’s number was retired by the Dodgers!
…to honor Pee Wee Reese. Auerbach, Billy Grabarkewitz, Derrel Thomas and Gary Weiss are the four Dodgers to wear #1 after Pee Wee.
Other fun facts: “Rick” is short for Frederick, and he played with Doug DeCinces at Pierce College in L.A.
In 1976 he was… a utility infielder and pinch-hitter who played in only 36 games and hit well below the Mendoza Line.
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man: Auerbach moved a lot over a period of 4 years… Starting in April, 1973 he went from the Brewers to the Dodgers, back to the Brewers, back to the Dodgers, then to the Mets, to the Rangers and to the Reds. He never played a game for the Rangers, and he only played at AAA Tidewater for the Mets.
Seattle, Alpha And Omega: Rick Auerbach was drafted by the Seattle Pilots, and finished his career with the Seattle Mariners.
Bowl-O-Rama: At 64, Rick is considered one of the top amatuer bowlers in the Los Angeles area. He’s bowled several 300 games, has a certified 818 series to his credit and has bowled an 856 series in practice. As a league bowler who has never even sniffed at a 600 series, I grovel in his presence.
Shea-o-meter: Many of the photos in 1976 SSPC were taken in Shea Stadium; Every team came through Shea because the Yankees were temporarily playing in Shea while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. “Can two Major League teams share a ballpark without driving each other crazy?”
This photo was taken in Shea.
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 7
Can’t tell: 10
Not Shea: 6