Hall Of Famer
NYY: 1928-1943, 1946
Jan 11 time All-Star and seven time World Series champion, Dickey reached double digits in home runs nine times, the 100 RBI mark four times, and batted better than .300 11 times.
On the field Dickey was all business but off the field he was mild mannered and well liked by all. As his career wound down he mentored young Yankee backstops. Yogi Berra said “I owe everything I did in baseball to Bill Dickey. He was a great man” and Elston Howard recalled “You’ve got to have Bill work with you to understand how much he can help you… The year I came to the Yankees from Toronto, I wasn’t as good as a lot of semipro catchers. Bill took me over and he talked to me. Then he worked with me. We’d go off in a corner and practice. Without Bill, I’m nobody. Nobody at all. He made me a catcher. Now when I start to slip and get careless, there’s old Bill to give me a hand.”
Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1954