Rico Carty

Ricardo Adolfo Jacobo Carty (born September 1, 1939) is a Dominican former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder in a career that spanned from 1963 to 1979.[1] Nicknamed "Beeg Boy", he was the 1970 National League (NL) batting champion with a .366 average and made his only All-Star appearance that season.[1]

Carty was one of the earliest Dominicans to play in MLB. However, his career was marked by battles with injuries, illnesses (tuberculosis) and with teammates.[2] In his 15 seasons, he played for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs of the National League, and the Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers in the American League.[1] He represented the Dominican Republic at the 1959 Pan American Games.[3]

Rico Carty
Left fielder
Born: September 1, 1939 (age 79)
Consuelo, San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 15, 1963, for the Milwaukee Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 1979, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Batting average.299
Home runs204
Runs batted in890
Career highlights and awards

Major League career

Carty signed a contract with the Milwaukee Braves as a free agent in 1959.[4] While he was an excellent hitter, he had poor defensive skills.[5]

Originally a catcher, Carty was converted into an outfielder in order to lessen his defensive liabilities and to get his bat into the everyday lineup.[5]

After four years in the minor leagues, Carty made an impressive major league debut in 1964, finishing second to Roberto Clemente in the National League Batting Championship with a .330 batting average, finishing the season as runner-up to Dick Allen in the 1964 National League Rookie of the Year Award ballot.[6][7]

He continued to hit over .300 for the next three seasons but, then faltered in 1967, slumping to a .255 batting average in part due to a separated shoulder.[5] Carty then missed the entire 1968 season while battling with tuberculosis.[5] He recovered in 1969 with a .342 batting average, helping the Braves win the National League Western Division title, the franchise's first post-season berth since the 1958 World Series, and finishing 13th in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting.[1][8][9]

The Braves would eventually lose to the "Miracle" Mets in the 1969 National League Championship Series.[10]

Carty had his best season in 1970 when he hit 25 home runs with 101 runs batted in and, won the National League Batting Championship with a .366 batting average, the highest average in the major leagues since Ted Williams recorded a .388 batting average in 1957.[11] Despite not appearing on the All-Star ballot, he was voted to be a starting outfielder for the National League as a write-in candidate in the 1970 All-Star Game, playing alongside Hank Aaron and Willie Mays in the outfield.[12][13] It would be the only All-Star appearance of his career. Carty also compiled a 31-game hitting streak in 1970 (the longest by a Braves hitter in the franchise's Atlanta history until Dan Uggla surpassed it with a 33-game streak in 2011). He was named NL Player of the Month in May with a .448 batting average, 7 home runs, and 22 RBI, and finished 10th in the 1970 National League Most Valuable Player Award voting.[5][14]

A crushed knee injury suffered during the Dominican Winter Baseball season meant Carty would miss another entire season in 1971.[2]

He returned in 1972, but only managed a .277 batting average. By then, Carty had worn out his welcome with the Braves management as well as his teammates, having been involved in fights with Hank Aaron and Ron Reed.[2] In October 1972, he was traded to the Texas Rangers to fill the role of the newly adopted designated hitter.[4] Carty had difficulty adjusting to the hitting-only position, hitting for only a .232 average before being traded in mid-season to the Chicago Cubs.[15] While with the Cubs, he had a personality clash with their star third baseman, Ron Santo, forcing the team to trade Carty to the Oakland Athletics one month later.[4][15] With a combined .229 batting average for the three teams, Carty was released by the Athletics in December 1973 and, it seemed as if his career might be over.[1]

In 1974 he signed to play with the Cafeteros de Córdoba in the Mexican Baseball League.[16] In August 1974, the Cleveland Indians signed him to be their designated hitter.[16] Carty's career was rejuvenated with Cleveland, posting a .308 batting average with 64 runs batted in during the 1975 season and, improving to a .310 batting average with 83 runs batted in for the 1976 season.[1] In 1977, his batting average dropped to .280 however, he still produced 80 runs batted in.[1]

In March 1978 the Indians traded Carty to the Toronto Blue Jays.[4] The Blue Jays then traded him to the Oakland Athletics in August of that year.[4] At the age of 39, he hit for a combined .282 batting average with 31 home runs and 99 runs batted in.[1] After being granted free agency in November 1978, he signed a contract to play for the Blue Jays before retiring at the end of 1979 at the age of 40.[1]

Career statistics

In a fifteen-year major league career, Carty played in 1,651 games, accumulating 1,677 hits in 5,606 at bats for a .299 career batting average along with 204 home runs, 890 runs batted in and a .369 on-base percentage.[1] He ended his career with a .974 fielding percentage.[1] During his career, he played as a catcher, first baseman, third baseman, outfielder and designated hitter.


One of the early major leaguers out of the baseball-rich Dominican Republic, Carty was committed to helping the developing nation. In the 1964–65 off-season, as the country reeled between rapid governmental transitions and militarism, he undertook a trip with Catholic Relief Services to his home country, on a mission to deliver clothing and supplies.[17]


In 1996 he gained induction into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame as part of their first class.[18]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Rico Carty Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ a b c Rico Carty: He's No Longer The 'Beeg Boy, by Ron Hudspeth, Baseball Digest, February 1973, Vol. 32, No. 2, ISSN 0005-609X
  3. ^ "1959 Pan American Games (Rosters)". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e Inc., Baseball Almanac. "Rico Carty Trades and Transactions by Baseball Almanac". www.baseball-almanac.com.
  5. ^ a b c d e Rico Carty - The Beeg Boy Finally Makes it Big, by Priit Vesilind, Baseball Digest, August 1970, Vol. 29, No. 8, ISSN 0005-609X
  6. ^ "1964 National League Batting Leaders - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  7. ^ "1964 Awards Voting - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  8. ^ "1969 National League Season Summary - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  9. ^ "1969 Awards Voting - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  10. ^ "1969 NLCS - New York Mets over Atlanta Braves (3-0) - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  11. ^ "1970 National League Batting Leaders - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  12. ^ Baseball Digest, July 1986, Vol. 45, No. 7, ISSN 0005-609X
  13. ^ "1970 All-Star Game Box Score, July 14 - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  14. ^ "1970 Awards Voting - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  15. ^ a b Designated Hitter Born 25 Years Ago, by Bruce Markusen, Baseball Digest, July 1998, Vol. 57, No. 7, ISSN 0005-609X
  16. ^ a b Schneider, Russell (2004). The Cleveland Indians Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing. ISBN 9781582618401. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  17. ^ "The Chronicler". Catholic Relief Services. 1965.
  18. ^ "Caribbean - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com.

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Preceded by
Willie Davis
Major League Player of the Month
May, 1970
Succeeded by
Tommie Agee
1960 Milwaukee Braves season

The 1960 Milwaukee Braves season was the eighth for the franchise in Milwaukee, and the 90th overall. The Braves finished in second place in the NL with a record of 88–66, seven games behind the NL and World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

1963 Milwaukee Braves season

The 1963 Milwaukee Braves season was the 11th in Milwaukee and the 93st overall season of the franchise.

The sixth-place Braves finished the season with a 84–78 (.519) record, fifteen games behind the National League and World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The season's home attendance was 773,018, ninth in the ten-team National League.

1965 Milwaukee Braves season

The 1965 Milwaukee Braves season was the 13th and final season for the franchise in Milwaukee along with the 95th season overall. The Braves finished the season with a 86–76 (.531) record, 11 games behind the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Braves were managed by Bobby Bragan and played their home games at County Stadium.

It was the thirteenth consecutive winning season for the Braves, who never had a losing season during their time in Milwaukee. The final home game was on September 22 and the season's home attendance sank to 555,584. The franchise had attempted to move to Atlanta shortly after the 1964 season; it was delayed a year, and the team relocated for the 1966 season.

Milwaukee went four seasons without major league baseball (1966–1969); the expansion Seattle Pilots of the American League played just one season in 1969 and became the Milwaukee Brewers in April 1970.

1966 Atlanta Braves season

The 1966 Atlanta Braves season was the first for the franchise in Atlanta, following their relocation from Milwaukee, where the team had played the previous 13 seasons while also the 96th season overall. The Braves finished their inaugural year in Atlanta in fifth place in the National League with a record of 85–77, ten games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Braves played their first season of home games at Atlanta Stadium. The home attendance for the season was 1,539,801, sixth in the ten-team National League.

1970 Caribbean Series

After nine years of absence, the thirteenth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was revived in 1970 without the representing baseball clubs of Cuba and Panama. It was held in Caracas, Venezuela from February 5 to February 10 at Estadio Universitario, featuring the original members of the first stage. Puerto Rico was represented by the Leones de Ponce, while the host Navegantes del Magallanes represented Venezuela. The Dominican Republic debuted in the Series and was represented by the Tigres del Licey to complete a three-team tournament. The format consisted of 12 games, with each team facing the other competitors three times. Because the series was so small, each team had to face each other in one night.

1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 41st midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played on the evening of July 14, 1970, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, home of the Cincinnati Reds of the National League, and resulted in a 5–4 victory for the NL.This was the first MLB All-Star Game ever played at night, coinciding with prime time in the Eastern United States. (The previous year's All-Star Game was originally scheduled to be played at night, but it was rained out and played the following afternoon.) Every All-Star Game since 1970 has been played at night.

Riverfront Stadium had barely been open two weeks when it hosted its first All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Cincinnati Reds twice before (1938 and 1953) when their home park was Crosley Field. The Reds would host one more All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium in 1988. So close was the opening of the stadium and the scheduled exhibition game, that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn did not confirm that the game would "definitely" be played in Cincinnati until June 1. Atlanta was the alternative site.Undeniably, the most remembered moment of the game was the final run, scored in the bottom of the twelfth by Pete Rose. The ball was relayed to the American League catcher, Ray Fosse, in time to tag Rose out, but the tenacious Rose bowled Fosse over. Both players were injured, Fosse enough to drop the ball, giving Rose credit for the game-winning run.

1973 Atlanta Braves season

The 1973 Atlanta Braves season was the eighth season in Atlanta along with the 103rd season as a franchise overall. The highlight of the season was Hank Aaron finishing the season just one home run short of Babe Ruth as baseball's all-time home run king. The 1973 Atlanta Braves were the first team to boast three 40 home run hitters. They were Aaron, Darrell Evans, and Davey Johnson.

1973 Chicago Cubs season

The 1973 Chicago Cubs season was the 102nd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 98th in the National League and the 58th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 77–84.

1973 Oakland Athletics season

The 1973 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's winning their third consecutive American League West title with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses. The A's went on to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS for their second straight AL Championship, and won the World Series in seven games over the New York Mets to take their second consecutive World Championship.

1973 Texas Rangers season

The 1973 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 57 wins and 105 losses.

1974 Cleveland Indians season

The 1974 Cleveland Indians season was the team's 74th season in Major League Baseball. It involved the Indians competing in the American League East, where they finished fourth with a record of 77–85.

1977 Caribbean Series

The twentieth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 1977. It was held from February 4 through February 9 with the champions teams from the Dominican Republic, Tigres del Licey; Mexico, Venados de Mazatlán; Puerto Rico, Criollos de Caguas and Venezuela, Navegantes del Magallanes. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice, and the games were played at UCV Stadium in Caracas, Venezuela.

1978 Oakland Athletics season

The 1978 Oakland Athletics season was the team's eleventh in Oakland, California. The team sought to rebound from its first losing season in a decade (a 63-99 result in 1977). Despite low expectations, the Athletics remained competitive for nearly three-quarters of the season. Despite posting a respectable 61-56 mark through 117 games, the Athletics collapsed in the season's final weeks; their 8-37 finish ensured a second consecutive season of fewer than 70 wins.

Only one player (Billy North) remained from the team's 1974 championship season. He would be traded to the Dodgers in May.

Prior to the season, owner Charlie Finley nearly sold the team to buyers who would have moved them to Denver.

1978 Toronto Blue Jays season

The 1978 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's second season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing seventh in the American League East with a record of 59 wins and 102 losses.

1979 Oakland Athletics season

The 1979 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's finishing 7th in the American League West with a record of 54 wins and 108 losses. Only 306,763 paying customers showed up to watch the A's in 1979, the team's worst attendance since leaving Philadelphia.

Team owner Charlie Finley nearly sold the team to buyers who would have moved them to New Orleans for 1979. Any deal to relocate fell through when the city of Oakland refused to release the A's from their lease. The city was in the midst of its battle with the Oakland Raiders over their move to Los Angeles and didn't want to lose both teams.

The Athletics' 54-108 finish remains, as of 2013, their worst (by far) since moving to Oakland in 1968. On a brighter note, the season saw the debut of Rickey Henderson. Henderson, a future Hall-of-Famer, would play for the team (in four separate stints) between 1979 and 1998.

Art Mahaffey

Arthur Mahaffey Jr. (born June 4, 1938), is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies (1960–1965) and St. Louis Cardinals (1966). He batted and threw right-handed. In a seven-season MLB career, Mahaffey posted a 59–64 record, with 639 strikeouts, and a 4.17 earned run average (ERA), in 999.0 innings pitched.Mahaffey was signed as an amateur free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies on June 29, 1956; he began his Minor League Baseball (MiLB) career, that Summer. After 4​1⁄2 seasons playing in the Phillies' farm system, he received his MLB call-up, playing in his first Phillies game on July 30, 1960; Mahaffey pitched the final two innings of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. He retired the three batters he faced in the eighth inning. In the ninth, Bill White led off with a single to right field and then was picked off by Mahaffey at first base. The next batter, Curt Flood, singled to center field, and he, too, was picked off by Mahaffey, who threw to first with Flood tagged out on a throw from first to second. He finished the 1960 season with a 7–3 record, an ERA of 2.31, 14 games played, while finishing third in the 1960 National League (NL) Rookie of the Year balloting (which was won by Frank Howard of the Los Angeles Dodgers).Mahaffey set a club record with 17 strikeouts in a game against the Chicago Cubs on April 23, 1961. Though he ended the 1961 season with an ERA of 4.10, and a record of 11–19 (leading the NL in losses), in 36 games, he was selected to represent the Phillies on the NL All-Star team. Mahaffey ended the 1962 season with a record of 19–14, and a 3.94 ERA, with a career high 177 strikeouts, in 41 games. He was selected again in 1962 for the NL All-Star team, finishing 26th in balloting for NL Most Valuable Player (MVP), despite leading the league in home runs allowed with 36, and earned runs allowed with 120. Mahaffey had a 7–10 record in 26 games with the 1963 Phillies, to go along with a 3.99 ERA. In 1964, he finished the season with a record of 12–9, with an ERA of 4.52, in 34 games. The ill-fated 1964 team was in first place in the NL, with a 6​1⁄2-game lead, with just 12 games remaining in the season, before starting a 10-game losing streak that cost the team the pennant. Mahaffey pitched in two of the games in that infamous skid, losing a 1–0 game (the first of that losing streak) on a steal of home by Chico Ruiz of the Cincinnati Reds, and was taken out while winning 4-3 in a game against the Milwaukee Braves, in which Rico Carty hit a ninth-inning bases-loaded triple, plating all 3 runners, off of reliever Bobby Shantz, to win the game for the Braves, 6-4. 1965 was his last season in Philadelphia, which saw him finish with a 2–5 record, and an ERA of 6.21, in 22 games, mostly in relief.Mahaffey was traded by the Phillies on October 27, 1965, along with catcher Pat Corrales, and outfielder Alex Johnson, to the Cardinals, in exchange for shortstop Dick Groat, catcher Bob Uecker, and first baseman Bill White. In his only season with the Cards, he had a 1–4 record, in 12 games, with an ERA of 6.43. Mahaffey was the starting pitcher in his final big league game, on July 17, 1966, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs; that day, he gave up three hits, and three runs, in ​1⁄3 of an inning, in a game the Cubs won by a score of 7–2.The Cardinals traded Mahaffey on April 1, 1967, along with infielder Jerry Buchek, and shortstop Tony Martínez, to the New York Mets, in exchange for shortstop Eddie Bressoud, outfielder Danny Napoleon, and cash (though Mahaffey would never play for the Mets).Mahaffey now resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


Beeg may refer to:

Beeg, Netherlands, the Limburgish name of Grevenbicht, a village in the Netherlands

Bluegrass Beeg, a music festival taking place in Beeg

Ralph Garr

Ralph Allen Garr (born December 12, 1945) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. Garr was a free swinger who could confound defenses by hitting to all parts of the outfield. Garr batted .300 or better five times during his career.

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