Bill Dickey, NY Yankees
William Malcolm Dickey (June 6, 1907 – November 12, 1993) was an American professional baseball catcher and manager. He played in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees for 19 seasons. Dickey managed the Yankees after retiring from his playing career.
Dickey played for the Yankees from 1928 through 1943. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, Dickey returned to the Yankees in 1946 as a player and manager. He retired after the 1946 season, but returned in 1949 as a coach, where he taught Yogi Berra the finer points of catching.
During Dickey’s playing career, the Yankees went to the World Series nine times, winning eight championships. He was named to 11 All-Star Games. As a manager and coach, the Yankees won another six World Series titles. Dickey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954.
From Baseball in Wartime:
William M “Bill” Dickey was born on June 6, 1907 in Bastrop, Louisiana. He was 21 years old when he joined the Yankees in 1928. The following year he became the Yankees’ number one catcher and remained in that position until 1943. During that time he appeared in eight world series and ten all-star games, and his .362 batting average in 1936 was third best in the American League.
Dickey was drafted on June 3, 1944, even though he was 37 and suffered from a bad sinus condition. He was sworn in at Memphis, Tennessee, as a deck volunteer specialist with the US Naval Reserve.
Dickey served as an athletic officer in the Pacific and managed the US Navy team that won 1944 Service World Series in Hawaii.
Dickey was back with the Yankees in 1946 and succeeded Joe McCarthy as the club’s manager in May. The following year he began managing in the minor leagues but was brought back to the Yankees to work on Yogi Berra’s defensive skills.
Bill Dickey was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954. He passed away in Little Rock, Arkansas on November 12, 1993, aged 86.