Gerald “Jerry” Priddy

Gerald “Jerry” Priddy

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 3 Mar 1980 (aged 60)
North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 13554604 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. The second baseman had an 11-year career with four big-league clubs, but after retiring from the game he had a run-in with the law. He teamed with Phil Rizzuto as a keystone combination in the New York Yankees' farm system from 1938-40, but he couldn't dislodge Joe Gordon once he reached the majors. After criticizing manager Joe McCarthy for not playing him, he was traded with pitcher Milo Candini to Washington for pitcher Bill Zuber on Jan. 29, 1943. He was with the Senators, except for two years in the military in 1944-45, until he was sold to the St. Louis Browns on Dec. 8, 1947. He hit .296 with 40 doubles in 1948, but he was dealt to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Lou Kretlow and $100,000 on Dec. 14, 1949. Priddy led American League second basemen in turning double plays from 1948-50. He scored 104 runs for the Tigers in 1950 and finished his career with them in 1953. He had a lifetime batting average of .265 with 1,252 hits and 61 homers. He appeared in the movies, "Three Little Words" in 1950 and "The Winning Team" in 1952. He even tried professional golf after leaving baseball. Later, he was convicted of trying to extort $250,000 from the cruise ship Island Princess by placing a bomb on the ship. He was arrested in June 1973 picking up the money.

Bio by: Ron Coons


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  • Originally Created by: Ron Coons
  • Added: 7 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13554604
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gerald “Jerry” Priddy (9 Nov 1919–3 Mar 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13554604, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .