The Sisler Baseball Tradition

62592-0006FrFormer Nashville player-manager Dick Sisler was born on this day, November 2, in 1920.  Between 1957 and 1959 Sisler played first base while also managing the Vols.

Sisler spent his major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds.  He is son of Hall of Fame member George Sisler.

As a member of the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies “Whiz Kids”, it was Dick Sisler who hit a game-winning three-run home run on the last day of the season against Brooklyn to give Philly its first National League pennant in 35 years.

During his eight-year career he played first base and the outfield.  His career batting average was .276 with 55 homers.  His best season was the year of his greatest fame, 1950, when he hit 13 home runs, batted in 83 runs, and hit for a .296 average and made the All-Star team.

After managing the Nashville Vols and Seattle Rainiers in the minor leagues Sisler became a coach for Cincinnati in 1961.  In August 1964 Sisler was promoted to acting manager under tragic circumstances when Fred Hutchinson, suffering from cancer, had to give up the reins.

After leaving the majors Sisler returned to Nashville as a hitting instructor for the Sounds in 1982.

The elder Sisler was one of the all-time greats and was inducted into Cooperstown in 1939.  He played for the St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, and Boston Braves.

Dick Sisler’s brother, Dave Sisler, pitched in the major leagues for Boston, Detroit, Washington, and Cincinnati, and brother, George, Jr., was president of the International League between 1966 and 1976 after serving as a general manager for several teams in the minors.

Dick Sisler passed away on November 20, 1998, in Nashville at the age of 78.  He is buried in Woodlawn Park in Nashville.

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