Thursday, August 16, 2018

#7 Dale Long

Here's a challenge for someone with time on their hands....make a flowchart depicting lefty first baseman Dale Long's travels through all the baseball organizations he was a part of. Here is his transaction listing from Baseball Reference:
  • May 1945: Traded by Middletown (Ohio State) with Kenneth Braden (minors) to the Cincinnati Reds for Dick Oder (minors) and Joseph Turczak (minors).
  • June 1947: Released by the Cincinnati Reds.
  • June 1947: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.
  • November 24, 1948: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers from the Boston Red Sox in the 1948 minor league draft.
  • December 5, 1949: Drafted by the New York Yankees from the Detroit Tigers in the 1949 minor league draft.
  • November 16, 1950: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the New York Yankees in the 1950 rule 5 draft.
  • June 1, 1951: Selected off waivers by the St. Louis Browns from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • December 5, 1951: Purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the St. Louis Browns.
  • May 1, 1957: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with Lee Walls to the Chicago Cubs for Gene Baker and Dee Fondy.
  • April 5, 1960: Purchased by the San Francisco Giants from the Chicago Cubs.
  • August 21, 1960: Purchased by the New York Yankees from the San Francisco Giants.
  • December 14, 1960: Drafted by the Washington Senators from the New York Yankees as the 28th pick in the 1960 expansion draft.
  • July 11, 1962: Traded by the Washington Senators to the New York Yankees for Don Lock.
  • August 2, 1963: Released by the New York Yankees.
Bottom line is that he played ten seasons for six different clubs and for years was known as the guy who homered in eight consecutive games in May 1956. That record has since been matched by Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr. but never exceeded.

I recall as a kid how that dinger streak impressed the hell out of me and my friends and we coveted Dale Long cards as if he was a star. 1956, in addition to being the year he made headlines for that run of homers as a Pirate, was his best season in the majors. He had 27 home runs and 91 RBIs while hitting .263 and making the NL All-Star Game.

He sandwiched better batting average seasons around that '56 campaign and hit 20 homers or more a total of three times. He appeared in two World Series with the Yankees, 1960 and 1962 when he won a title. Interestingly he was a mid-season pickup by the Yankees in both of those seasons. 

1 comment:

  1. As I recall, he tried his hand at becoming an umpire after his playing days were over. He never made the majors, though.