Rocky Bridges Stats

Rocky Bridges was born on Sunday, August 7, 1927, in Refugio, Texas. Bridges was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 17, 1951, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Rocky Bridges baseball stats page.

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"If I did anything funny on the ballfield, it was strictly accidental. Like the way I played third. Some people thought it was hilarious, but I was on the level all the time." - Rocky Bridges in Sports Illustrated (08/17/1964, Gilbert Rogin, 'I Managed Good, But Boy Did They Play Bad')

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Rocky Bridges Autograph on a 1995 Topps Archives Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Card (#14 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1995top03' title='1995 Topps Archives Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Rocky Bridges Autograph on a 1995 Topps Archives Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Card (#14 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Everett Lamar Bridges
Nickname:
Rocky
Born On:
08-07-1927  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Refugio, Texas
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-28-2015 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Cemetery:
St. Thomas Cemetery, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
High School:
Polytechnic High School (Long Beach, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-08
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
04-17-1951 (Age 23)
Last Game:
10-01-1961
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Rocky Bridges Pitching Stats

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Rocky Bridges Hitting Stats

1951 24 Dodgers 63 134 13 34 7 0 1 0 15 10 - 10 3 - 0 9 .254 .306 .328
1952 25 Dodgers 51 56 9 11 3 0 0 0 2 7 - 9 3 - 0 2 .196 .286 .250
1953 26 Redlegs 122 432 52 98 13 2 1 0 21 37 - 42 8 - 0 10 .227 .288 .273
1954 27 Redlegs 53 52 4 12 1 0 0 0 2 7 - 7 2 0 0 1 .231 .322 .250
1955 28 Redlegs 95 168 20 48 4 0 1 0 18 15 2 19 5 2 0 4 .286 .341 .327
1956 29 Redlegs 71 19 9 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 .211 .348 .211
1957 30 Redlegs 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000
1957 30 Senators 120 391 40 89 17 2 3 0 47 40 4 32 7 6 2 17 .228 .298 .304
1958 31 Senators 116 377 38 99 14 3 5 0 28 27 1 32 2 2 3 16 .263 .315 .355
1959 32 Tigers 116 381 38 102 16 3 3 1 35 30 2 35 5 3 1 14 .268 .320 .349
1960 33 Tigers 10 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200
1960 33 Indians 10 27 1 9 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 .333 .357 .333
1960 33 Cardinals 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1961 34 Angels 84 229 20 55 5 1 2 0 15 26 0 37 4 0 1 4 .240 .320 .297
11 Years 919 2,272 245 562 80 11 16 1 187 205 10 229 40 13 7 79 .247 .310 .313

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Rocky Bridges Fielding Stats

1951 Dodgers 2B 10 1 104 23 2.3 23 11 12 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.97
1951 Dodgers 3B 40 32 803 101 2.5 88 26 62 13 10 n/a n/a n/a .871 2.96
1951 Dodgers SS 9 4 167 33 3.7 31 11 20 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .939 5.01
1952 Dodgers 2B 24 7 345 70 2.9 69 35 34 1 11 n/a n/a n/a .986 5.40
1952 Dodgers 3B 6 3 81 13 2.2 12 4 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 4.00
1952 Dodgers SS 13 1 113 17 1.3 16 5 11 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .941 3.82
1953 Redlegs 2B 115 112 2,847 665 5.8 649 329 320 16 94 n/a n/a n/a .976 6.15
1953 Redlegs 3B 3 2 60 9 3.0 9 2 7 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.05
1953 Redlegs SS 6 0 50 5 0.8 5 4 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.70
1954 Redlegs 2B 19 12 339 69 3.6 67 29 38 2 10 n/a n/a n/a .971 5.34
1954 Redlegs 3B 13 0 68 12 0.9 12 5 7 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.76
1954 Redlegs SS 20 0 105 26 1.3 26 11 15 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.69
1955 Redlegs 2B 9 2 105 20 2.2 20 10 10 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.14
1955 Redlegs 3B 59 35 1,063 141 2.4 136 48 88 5 7 n/a n/a n/a .965 3.45
1955 Redlegs SS 26 6 260 31 1.2 30 11 19 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .968 3.12
1956 Redlegs 2B 8 0 51 11 1.4 11 7 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.82
1956 Redlegs 3B 51 0 293 29 0.6 28 15 13 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.58
1956 Redlegs LF 1 0 4 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1956 Redlegs SS 7 0 66 10 1.4 10 3 7 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.09
1957 Redlegs 2B 2 0 18 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1957 Redlegs 3B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1957 Redlegs SS 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1957 Senators 2B 14 14 371 75 5.4 73 33 40 2 7 n/a n/a n/a .973 5.31
1957 Senators 3B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1957 Senators SS 108 104 2,746 626 5.8 608 226 382 18 77 n/a n/a n/a .971 5.98
1958 Senators 2B 3 3 48 4 1.3 4 3 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1958 Senators 3B 3 0 15 1 0.3 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1958 Senators SS 112 101 2,685 535 4.8 522 191 331 13 73 n/a n/a n/a .976 5.25
1959 Tigers 2B 5 4 141 31 6.2 31 16 15 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.94
1959 Tigers SS 110 108 2,585 496 4.5 472 179 293 24 66 n/a n/a n/a .952 4.93
1960 Tigers 3B 7 1 50 7 1.0 7 2 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.78
1960 Tigers SS 3 0 22 5 1.7 5 2 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.14
1960 Indians 3B 3 2 57 9 3.0 6 1 5 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .667 2.84
1960 Indians SS 7 6 147 33 4.7 33 11 22 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.06
1960 Cardinals 2B 3 0 12 5 1.7 5 4 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 11.25
1961 Angels 2B 58 49 1,289 255 4.4 252 113 139 3 23 n/a n/a n/a .988 5.28
1961 Angels 3B 4 0 21 1 0.3 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.29
1961 Angels SS 25 19 486 92 3.7 89 32 57 3 12 n/a n/a n/a .967 4.94
SS Totals 447 349 9,435 1,909 4.3 1,847 686 1,161 62 244 n/a n/a n/a .968 5.29
2B Totals 270 204 5,670 1,230 4.6 1,206 592 614 24 154 n/a n/a n/a .980 5.74
3B Totals 191 75 2,517 323 1.7 300 103 197 23 20 n/a n/a n/a .929 3.22
LF Totals 1 0 4 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
11 Years 909 628 17,626 3,462 3.8 3,353 1,381 1,972 109 418 n/a n/a n/a .969 5.14

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Rocky Bridges Miscellaneous Stats

1951 Dodgers 0 0 .000 2 7 n/a 134.0 13.4 8.9 - - -
1952 Dodgers 0 1 .000 3 17 n/a 0.0 6.2 28.0 - - -
1953 Redlegs 6 3 .667 4 0 n/a 432.0 10.3 20.6 - - -
1954 Redlegs 0 1 .000 4 2 n/a 0.0 7.4 26.0 - - -
1955 Redlegs 1 1 .500 0 11 n/a 168.0 8.8 9.3 - - -
1956 Redlegs 1 2 .333 2 21 n/a 0.0 6.3 19.0 - - -
1957 Redlegs 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 - - -
1957 Senators 0 2 .000 1 0 n/a 130.3 12.2 8.3 - - -
1958 Senators 0 3 .000 4 0 n/a 75.4 11.8 13.5 - - -
1959 Tigers 1 2 .333 2 1 n/a 127.0 10.9 10.9 - - -
1960 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1960 Indians 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 13.5 9.0 - - -
1960 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1961 Angels 1 0 1.000 1 1 n/a 114.5 6.2 15.3 - - -
11 Years 10 15 .400 23 63 n/a 142.0 9.9 12.1 - - -

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Rocky Bridges Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1951 Brooklyn Dodgers 9 Undetermined - -
1952 Brooklyn Dodgers 9 Undetermined - -
1953 Cincinnati Redlegs 14 $7,000.00 - -
1954 Cincinnati Redlegs 14 $7,500.00 - -
1955 Cincinnati Redlegs 14 Undetermined - -
1956 Cincinnati Redlegs 14 Undetermined - -
1957 Cincinnati Redlegs 14 Undetermined - -
1957 Washington Senators 31 Undetermined - -
1958 Washington Senators 31 Undetermined Stats -
1959 Detroit Tigers 8 Undetermined - -
1960 Detroit Tigers 8 Undetermined - -
1960 Cleveland Indians 8 Undetermined - -
1960 St. Louis Cardinals 30 Undetermined - -
1961 Los Angeles Angels 21 Undetermined - -
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Rocky Bridges never hit a lot of home runs, never stole a lot of bases, and batted less than .250 over his career, but he did still get elected to the 1958 All-Star Game ! Baseball Almanac likes to take a look "beyond the stats" and we hope you enjoy the following biographical information written by Jerry Crowe of the Los Angeles Times:

For Rocky Bridges, baseball really was fun and games

Rocky Bridges never took himself too seriously.

A major league journeyman, minor league manager and major league coach, he joked that he didn't like the national anthem because every time he heard it, he had a bad day.

In truth, every day in baseball was a great day for Everett Lamar Bridges, whose infectious enthusiasm and proclivity for making people laugh superseded his playing ability.

"I had fun playing baseball," he says. "Many of the players now, I'm not sure they have fun playing the game."

Even bouncing among seven teams in 11 seasons did little to temper his zeal for the game, Bridges once noting, "I've had more numbers on my back than a bingo board."

Bridges, who played for the Angels in their debut season of 1961, also said he wouldn't eat snails because "I prefer fast food." He described one club executive as so skinny he could tread water in a test tube. And he said of a diet drink he'd supposedly concocted, "You mix two jiggers of Scotch to one jigger of Metrecal. So far I've lost five pounds and my driver's license."

In a lengthy Sports Illustrated profile from 1964 -- how many other power-deficient .247 career hitters are afforded such treatment by Sports Illustrated? -- Bridges was described as "one of the best stand-up comics in the history of baseball."

Vin Scully, whose second season with the Brooklyn Dodgers was Bridges' rookie season with the club in 1951, recalls the former utility infielder as a "beautiful guy," beloved by all.

And former major league pitcher Jim Bouton , author of " Ball Four ," called Bridges "my all-time favorite manager" even though Bouton never played for him.

"In fact, I've never even met him," Bouton wrote in his 1973 collection of short stories, "I Managed Good, But Boy Did They Play Bad," which took its title from a Bridges quote. "However, I've spent a good piece of my life sitting in bullpens around the country listening to different ballplayers talk about how much fun it was when they played for Rocky Bridges.

"The reason Bridges was a great manager was that he understood that baseball is supposed to be mainly fun."

Bridges, born in Texas but reared in Long Beach, signed with the Dodgers after graduating from Long Beach Poly High.

"It got me off riding my bicycle delivering The Times," Bridges, 83, says from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he moved from Long Beach 40 years ago. "I was the best peddler The Times ever had. I worked five years there and never missed a morning."

As a ballplayer, Bridges had a front-row seat to history, including the famous National League pennant race of 1951, the 1952 World Series , the 1958 All-Star game and, in his swan song, the Angels' inaugural season.

"I watched Bobby Thomson's home run, from the bench, naturally," he says. "I didn't play much."

Bridges' longest stint with one team was four years with the Reds in Cincinnati, which he says was fortunate because "it took me that long to learn how to spell it."

When he was selected for the All-Star game with the Washington Senators in 1958, Bridges notes, "That surprised everybody. They were close to launching an investigation."

Bridges didn't get into the game, nor did he play in the '52 World Series , won by the New York Yankees over the Dodgers.

He hit only 16 home runs, noting after ending a two-year drought in 1961, "I'm still behind Babe Ruth's record, but I've been sick. It really wasn't very dramatic. No little boy in the hospital asked me to hit one. I didn't promise it to my kid for his birthday, and my wife will be too shocked to appreciate it. I hit it for me."

Bridges' charm and endless quips: "Tommy Lasorda's curve had as much hang time as a Ray Guy punt," he once noted, allowed him to find a special niche in baseball.

Scully says that Bridges, an inveterate tobacco chewer, enjoyed such a special bond with Pee Wee Reese that he once convinced the veteran Dodgers shortstop to try a chew.

Reese obliged, inadvertently swallowed the mess during infield practice and ran straight off the field into the clubhouse, sitting out the game because of stomach distress.

Says Scully, who had endured a similar experience as a player at Fordham: "I had once said to myself, 'How dumb can you be?' But then when Pee Wee did it, I thought, 'Well, I'm in illustrious company now.' But that was the Rocky influence, even with Pee Wee . Pee Wee would try it because Rocky suggested it."

Bridges retired after the 1961 season. "I think they asked me to," he says, and in 1962 with the Angels launched a nearly three-decade career in coaching and managing.

A father of four, he won 1,300 games as a minor league manager and coached under Bill Rigney and Lefty Phillips with the Angels. But he never got a shot at managing in the majors.

His last job in baseball was as a traveling infield instructor for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the early 1990s.

Settling in Idaho, "I knew some places I could tell a few lies," says Bridges, a widower. "Up here, they didn't know a damn thing about me, so I could tell them how great I was."

All told, he wasn't bad.

"I managed, I scouted, I coached, I did everything," he says. "I was like a house without toilets. I was uncanny."

Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times, Reprinted with permission of Jerry Crowe .

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