Throwback Tigers: The Quiet Career of Dick McAuliffe

Ashley MacLennan for Bless You Boys:

Richard John “Dick” McAuliffe was never the kind of player destined to make it into Cooperstown, and yet he was precisely the kind of hard-nosed, rough and tumble baseball player who helped turn the 1968 Tigers team into world champions. The spirited infielder was known as “Mad Dog” to his teammates.

McAuliffe spent 14 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, starting in 1960 at the tender age of 20 years old, and continuing until he was 33. He spent the final two years of his career with the Boston Red Sox, though by then he was in the declining stages of his career, and his time with the Sox was largely unremarkable.

With the Tigers, he managed three back-to-back All-Star seasons in 1965, 1966, and 1967, but not in the winning 1968 season when he had an American League high 95 runs scored. His career line with the Tigers was .249/.345/.408. Again, not the numbers to net you a plaque in Cooperstown, but a perfectly respectable 14-season line.

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