Dick Tidrow Biography by The Baseball Page
Richard William Tidrow (Dirt)
* Bats Right, Throws Right
* Height 6' 4", Weight 213 lb.
* School Chabot College
* High School Mt. Eden High School
* Debut April 18, 1972
* Final Game May 7, 1984
* Born May 14, 1947 in San Francisco, CA USA
Dick "Dirt" Tidrow threw a two-hitter on April 25, 1973 as a member of the Cleveland Indians against the Oakland A's. The only two hits were singles by Bert Campaneris and Ray Fosse. He walked 3 and struck out 3 in the game that the Indians won 1-0. The opposing pitcher that day was future Hall of Famer and fellow starter-turned-reliever Rollie Fingers.
Tidrow began his career as a starting pitcher with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. Converted to a reliever, Tidrow became the set-up man for closer Sparky Lyle. Later, he filled the same role for Chicago Cubs' closers Bruce Sutter and Lee Smith. Tidrow played for both the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees and New York Mets, one of three players to do so through 2009 (Charley Smith and Lance Johnson).
Since his playing career ended, he has been a scout for the New York Yankees and has worked in the front office for the San Francisco Giants since 1994. Tidrow was a special assistant to the GM in 1996 and was farm director from 1997 to 2005. In 2008 he is the "Vice President, Player Personnel".
* 1972 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
* NL Games Pitched Leader (1980)
* 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1972-1974)
* Won two World Series with the New York Yankees (1977 & 1978)
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