radio mic DICK DIETZ: 1941-2005 / 'Mule' starred with '70 Giants
Former Giants catcher Dick Dietz was killed in one of the most famous controversies in baseball history.A heart attack on Tuesday.He was 63.Diz nicknamed "mule" took eight years (1966-73) in the major league, the top six were tied with the Giants.He was an All-The star of 1970, a key member of the 1971 NL West Side championship, but in a decision of a controversial referee, he was a principal and was therefore remembered.On May 31, 1968, Diz suspended Dodgers for the fifth time in a row at Don desdale.In the absence of anyone in the ninth inning, Diz was hit by a bowler, which will end deredale's winning streak in a run.But the referee Harry windersted insisted that Diz did not try to avoid the stadium, and Herman Franks, the giant manager, had a strong dispute over the ruling, which he was subsequently expelled from the game.Both Diz and the next two batsmen eventually retired, and the company's winning streak continues in derisdale, which will hit a record 2/3 innings."It's a bad decision," said Jim Davenport, a former giant's third baseman and later manager, on Wednesday ."."In their right minds, no one would want to stay on the field in dersdale." A career .261 batsman, his best year when Diz hits is 1970.There are 22 families and 300 of 107 RBIs.In Game 9 he hit a Catfish fish HunterThe star game started three games that year.The race-side running rally ended up winning 12 innings in Pete Rose's infamous run into ray forth.The next year, Diz played an important role in the giant winning their department.In the middle of the season, Dietz was hit in the head by a ball, and in the intense stretch run of the giant, his head was wrapped in a bandage and caught every game.This undated file photo shows Dick Dietz of the San Francisco Giants.A = former All-Star Catcher Dick died of a heart attack in Clayton, Georgia, on Tuesday, June 28, 2005.Said the hunter funeral home.He was 63.Dietz hit .261, 66 home runs and 301 RBIs-from 1966-It's mainly the San Francisco Giants.(AP Photo) a photo of an undated document is shown in this undated document photo.A = former All-Star Catcher Dick died of a heart attack in Clayton, Georgia, on Tuesday, June 28, 2005.Said the hunter funeral home.He was 63.Dietz hit .261, 66 home runs and 301 RBIs-from 1966-It's mainly the San Francisco Giants.(AP Photo) during the club carnival, on the last day of the regular season, after the Giants finished the game, Diz grabbed a radio microphone and told the audience that the Dodgers could go to hell."Ironically, Diz ended the partnership with the Dodgers in the second year.Due to injuries, he was limited to 27 games in 1972 and finished his career with the Warriors next season."I remember him being a great teammate," Davenport said .""He was great together and always had a smile on his face."His former roommate, Jack Hiatt, who is now the director of giant player development, said Diz's attitude was contagious."He's a great competitor, but he never went too far after we lost a game.He will say, let's get it tomorrow.This affects all of us in a positive way.Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry says Diz is an ideal batsman."He's a little hard at capturing the treble, but it's great at Bass," Perry said ."."I didn't vote very high anyway, so we got along very well.He grabbed me, no.hitter in 1968.Retired broadcaster Lon Simmons said that while Dietz was, "probably a better batsman than he was a catcher, he managed to finish the behind-the-scenes work.I remember one time he had an unassisted double race and ran to the second base to get the second one out.This is rare for the catcher."After retiring, Diz served as a minor --League coach and coachHe runs the San Jose class of giants.A team in 1994-95 and the independent Sonoma County crusher in 1996-99."It's a pleasure to work with him...A sweet and gentle man who likes to laugh and likes baseball games.His favorite time was spent around the bat cage, encouraging the batsman to enjoy the moment, "said Bob Fletcher, who owns the crusher.According to Hiatt, Dietz and his wife Betty moved into their cabin in Georgia last year."I just talked to him four days ago and he was talking about how happy he was at his new home," Hiatt said .".