|Birth: ||Nov. 7, 1932|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 2002|
San Mateo County
Major League Baseball Player. For ten seasons (1958 to 1966 and 1969), he played at the first base position with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and California Angels. Born Richard Lee Stuart, he attended Sequoia High School in California prior to being signed by Pittsburgh as an amateur free agent in 1951. Following four years of Minor League baseball and two years of service with United States Military during part of the Korean War (1953 to 1954), he marked his Major League debut with the Pirates on July 10th, 1958. He played in 67 games that year and recorded 68 hits with a .268 batting average. Over the course of the next four seasons (1959 to 1962) he held down the starting first-baseman position with the Pirates and was a contributor to Pittsburgh's 1960 World Champion team. He recorded 3 hits during the 1960 World Series. Additionally while with the Pirates, he supplied impressive power numbers as he topped the 20 home run mark twice for which included belting 35 with 117 runs driven in during 1962. His efforts earned him All-Star status that season (1961). After moving onto the Red Sox (1963 to 1964) and Phillies (1965) he again yielded quality offensive totals for which included a career-high 42 home runs with 118 runs driven in during 1963. In the latter he led the American League. In 1964 he again surpassed the century mark with 114 RBIs and during his final year as a starting player with the Phillies in 1965, he produced 28 home runs with 95 runs driven in. After a stint with the Mets in 1966 he was acquired by the Dodgers later that season and experienced a second World Series as he appeared in two games during the 1966 Fall Classic. Stuart played two seasons in Japan (1967 to 1968) and returned to the Major Leagues to finish up his career with the Angels in 1969. In 1,112 games he compiled 1,055 hits with .264 lifetime batting average. Stuart earned the nickname "Dr. Strangeglove" (a takeoff of the Peter Sellers' film "Dr. Strangelove" (1963) due to his at time inept fielding skills. Following his baseball career, he worked in the private sector. He died after a battle with cancer. (bio by: C.S.)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Jun 15, 2006
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