Thursday, June 17, 2021

#168 Dick Green - Kansas City Athletics

Richard Larry Green
Kansas City Athletics
Second Base

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'10"  Weight:  180
Born:  April 21, 1941, Sioux City, IA
Signed:  Signed by the Kansas City Athletics as an amateur free agent before 1960 season
Major League Teams:  Kansas City Athletics 1963-1967; Oakland Athletics 1968-1974

Dick Green played in a dozen seasons for the Athletics, following the team in its move to Oakland, and solidifying the second base position during the team's dynasty in the early 1970s.  Green was a light-hitting infielder, relied on for his glove work.  He was Oakland's every day second baseman during the three years the team won the World Series in 1972, 1973 and 1974.  Despite not getting a hit in the 1974 World Series (0 for 13), Green was named the recipient of the Babe Ruth Award that postseason for his excellent defense.  His six double plays against the Dodgers tied a record for most double plays in a five-game series.  He was released before the 1975 season and retired to South Dakota.  Green appeared in 1,288 games and had 960 hits to go along with his .240 average.  His 1,158 career games at second base are currently 95th all-time.  Green was named to the Oakland Athletics' 50th anniversary All-Time Team in 2018.

May 2, 2021 - Citizens Bank Park
Building the Set

May 13, 2021 from Marco Island, FL - Card #263
After adding a number of star cards in April, I decided I should focus on a group of commons for our set in May.  I set out specifically to add reasonably priced cards from the set's second series and I found a few eBay sellers running specials on recent set breaks.  In total, I added 23 cards over three-day period with this Green card coming from Super Bowl Auctions located in Marco Island, Florida for $4.  As of this writing, and after adding a few star cards late in May, I'm one elusive card away from having a complete second series.

The Card / Athletics Team Set
Green's #1 is visible on his sleeve, and that's the number he wore with the Athletics between 1964 and 1974.  This is his first solo card, as he shared a Rookie Stars card with Aurelio Monteagudo (#286) in the 1964 Topps set.  Having spent his entire career with the Athletics, his Topps baseball cards give a good history of the franchise's colorful uniform evolution.  The back of the card discusses his reputation as a "glove man," but highlights his .264 average in 1964 that was third on the team behind Wayne Causey (#425) who hit .281 and Rocky Colavito (#380) at .274.

1965 Season
The Athletics' opening day second baseman for the second straight season, Green made 122 starts at second and played in 133 games overall.  Causey made the other 40 starts at second for Kansas City when Green needed time off.  Green's average dipped to .232 but he hit a career-high 15 home runs and drove in 55 runs.  He also struck out a career-high 110 times.  He was fifth in the league among all second baseman with 341 assists.

1964 Topps #466
1967 Topps #54
1971 Topps #258
1973 Topps #456
1975 Topps #91

Other Notable Baseball Cards

First Mainstream Card:  1964 Topps #466
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (12):  1964-1975
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  2004 Upper Deck Legends Timeless Teams #89

47 - Green non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 5/23/21.

Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
The Trading Card Database

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