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Place of Birth:
Long Branch, Washington
US Coast Guard
Theater of Operations
Marvin A "Marv" Rickert was born on
in Long Branch, Washington. Long Branch was a logging town of only
600 people and his father played for a semi-pro team in town of
which all but one were family members.
Rickert played baseball and quarterbacked the football team in high
school. He signed upon graduation and joined Tacoma in the Western
International League in 1938. He was sent to Boise in the Pioneer
League for 1939 and batted .354 with 14 homers and 75 RBIs, earning
his return to Tacoma for 1940 and 1941.
Rickert, a left-handed hitter, batted .312 with Tulsa in the Texas
League in 1942 and made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs
in September. He appeared in eight games and had seven hits in 26
On September 28, 1942, Rickert entered military service with the
United States Coast Guard. He spent most of his first year on one of
the most dangerous of jobs. He was on an explosives boat, hauling
ammunition to the Aleutians when the Japanese were threatening that
area. "I still shudder when I think of it," he told The Sporting
News on April 11, 1946.
Rickert later coached the Coast Guard baseball team at Seattle. They
had 98 wins against 8 defeats over two years.
He returned to the Cubs in 1946, playing in 111 games and batting
.263. He was used mainly in a pinch hitting role in 1947, and was
purchased by the Reds for the 1948 season. After playing just eight
games, however, he was traded to the Boston Braves for
Danny Litwhiler, and appeared in the
World Series against the Cleveland Indians.
Rickert later played for the White Sox and Pirates, ending his
career with Toronto in the International League in 1952.
He later worked as a bartender, charter boat operator and Pierce
County Parks and Recreational Department employee.
Marv Rickert passed away on June
in Oakville, Washington. He was just 57 years old.
Created November 20, 2007.
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