Friday, March 16, 2012

March 16

1971 Topps #643 - Rick Reichardt

On this day in 1943, Rick Reichardt was born.

Rick came to Chicago via a trade with the Washington Senators for pitcher Gerry Janeski on February 9, 1971. Rick hung on with the South Siders until he was released by the team on June 28, 1973. By the time, Reichardt got to the White Sox, his playing days were winding down. In 1971, his first year with the Sox, Rick hit double digits in home runs for the last time in his career. His batting average dipped in each successive year.

After he was released by the White Sox, Reichardt played with the Kansas City Royals. He finished up the 1973 campaign with the Royals and retired after one at-bat with them in 1974. Rick's last MLB at-bat was a pinch hit single to the third base side in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics on April 9, 1974.
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