Richard Charles "Dick" Simpson (born July 28, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former Major League Baseball right fielder and center fielder. He played from 1962-1969 for the Los Angeles/California Angels, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, New York Yankees and Seattle Pilots. During an 8-year baseball career, Simpson hit .207, 15 home runs, and 56 runs batted in. He was listed at 6'4" and 176 lbs.
Originally signed by the Angels as a free agent in 1961, he made his debut with them on September 21, 1962 at age 19 against the Cleveland Indians. He pinch hit for pitcher Fred Newman and singled off Mudcat Grant, driving in Leo Burke in his only at bat. Simpson appeared in five more games for the Angels that season, then returned to the team in 1964. Before the 1964 season began, Angels general manager Fred Haney touted Simpson as a possible Rookie of the Year candidate.
- ^ "L.A. Angels say they have two 'Rookie of the Year' men". Chicago Defender. January 13, 1964. 24.
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