Richard Allen Dietz
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Dickie Dietz died June 28, 2005 in Dillard, Ga.., after suffering a heart attack. He was 63.
Dietz made his debut with the Giants in 1966 and hit .261 in his career with 66 home runs and 301 RBI. Dietz played for the Giants (1966-1971), the Dodgers (1972) and the Braves (1973).
Dietz was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, in 1941, but it was in Greenville, S.C., where his athletic career would take off. He was a three-sport star at Greenville High School and was signed by the Giants in 1960 and given a $90,000 bonus.
He arrived with the Giants for 13 games in the 1966 season and played sparingly in 1967.
South Carolina native Bob Bolin was a pitcher for the Giants in 1966 to 1969 and was a teammate of Dietz.
"He was fun to be around," Bolin said in an interview in the Greenville News. "He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to play the game. I would say if anybody enjoyed life any better than Dick, I don't know who it was."
A big moment of his career came in 1970 -- his first season as the fulltime catcher. That season, Dietz hit .300 with 22 home runs and 107 RBI and he made the only All-Star appearance of his career. In that game, held at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium, Dietz, with his National League team trailing 4-1, led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run off the American League's Catfish Hunter. The National League rallied to tie the game and won it in the 12th inning when Pete Rose ran over American League catcher Ray Fosse.
He joined the Dodgers in 1972 and, according to reports, broke his finger in his first start. He had just 56 at-bats that season and he finished up his career with the Braves in 1973.
Following his career as a player, Dietz was a manager and coach in the minor leagues. According to his obituary, Dietz managed in the Western League until his retirement.
He is enshrined on the Wall of Fame at Greenville's Municipal Stadium, the former home of the Greenville Braves and the current home of the Greenville Bombers.
Sources: Greenvilleonline.com, Greenville News Obituary