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II Hero of the Minor Leagues
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Place of Birth:
December 14, 1917 California
Died: October 1, 2001 Ventura, California
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Richard W "Dick" Lang was born in California in 1917. He signed
with Huntington of the Middle-Atlantic League in 1936 and batted
.234 in 68 games. In 1937 he was with Albuquerque of the
Arizona-Texas League where he batted .374 (second best in the
league) and led the circuit with 109 RBIs.
Lang spent 1938 with New Iberia, Jacksonville and Houston, then
joined Springfield of the Western Association in 1939, where he
batted .323 with 21 home runs and 130 RBIs (second best in the
league). Lang joined the Sacramento Solons of the Pacific Coast
League in 1940 but broke his leg the day before opening day. He
joined the Solons later in the year and batted .268 in 46 games.
Lang appeared to have a promising career ahead of him as a Coast
League outfielder until he was called for military service on
March 12, 1941. He served with the Army in Europe and was
wounded in action in France on January 10, 1945.
Lang returned to baseball in 1946. The 28-year-old played just a
handful of games for the Solons and was .143 when he retired.
Dick Lang passed away in Ventura, California on October 1, 2001.
He was 83 years old.
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