Dale Long Essentials

Positions:
Bats: L Throws: L
Height: 76 Weight: 205
Born: Saturday, February 06, 1926 in Springfield, MO USA
Died: 1 27 1991 in Palm Coast, FL USA
Debut: 4/21/1951
Last Game: 7/18/1963
Full Name: Richard Dale Long

 

Dale Long, first baseman for the 1951 and 1955-57 Pirates. He was in the minors for seven seasons before he got his first chance at the majors for the Pirates in 1951. He was taken in the December 1950 rule 5 draft, and the Pirates were his fifth organization. He played just ten games before he was put on waivers, where he was picked up by the St Louis Browns. He lasted 34 games there before being released. Long would spend the next three seasons in the minors, re-signing with the Pirates in 1953. In 1955 they gave him his second chance with the team and he excelled. He hit .291 in 131 games, with 79 RBIs and he led the NL with 13 triples. Long made his only All-Star appearance in 1956 when he slugged 27 homers and drove in 91 runs. From May 19- May 28 he homered in eight straight games, setting a still standing (since tied) record for consecutive games with a home run. In early 1957 he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in a four-player deal. Long finished his career in 1963 with a .267 average and 132 homers in 1,013 games.bio