Primary Positions: Right field, pinch hitter
First, Middle Names: Fred Lindsay
Date of Birth: Sept. 3, 1911 Date and Place of Death: April 18, 1979, Little Rock, AK
Burial: Pine Crest Memorial Park, Alexander, AK.
High School: Oak Hill High School, Lenoir
College: Rutherford College, Rutherford College, NC; Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC
Bats: L Throws: R Height and Weight: 6-0, 175
Debut Year: 1939 Final Year: 1939 Years Played: 1
Team and Year: Brooklyn Dodgers, 1939
G AB H R RBI HR BA. OBP. SLG. WAR
4 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -0.2
Though he played just three weeks in the major leagues, Lindsay Deal shocked the barons of baseball and captured headlines on sports pages around the country by persuading the sport’s authoritarian commissioner, who had a soft spot for minor leaguers, to come to his aid in a contract dispute with a major-league owner. Even with such help, Deal lost the argument and may have killed his career in the process by earning the owners’ lasting enmity. Though he was an excellent defensive outfielder who hit .300 in the minor leagues, Deal only got that one, brief shot at the big leagues at a time when players routinely journeyed to and from the minors.
He quit after 13 years in professional baseball and became a law-enforcement officer in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was positioned to write what might be the most important letter in the history of the Baltimore Orioles.