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Richard Alan Sisler (November 2 1920 - November 20 1998) was an Americanmarker player, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. A native of St. Louis, Missourimarker, Sisler was the son of Hall of Famemarker first baseman and two-time .400 hitter George Sisler. Younger brother Dave Sisler was a relief pitcher in the 1950s and 1960s with four MLB teams, and older brother George Jr. was a longtime executive in minor league baseball.

Dick Sisler batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was a journeyman left fielder and first baseman whose career with the St. Louis Cardinals (1946-47, 1952-53), Philadelphia Phillies (1948-51) and Cincinnati Reds (1952) was distinguished by one shining moment. In an eight-season career, Sisler was a .276 hitter with 55 home runs and 360 RBI in 799 games. He made the National League All-Star team in 1950.

1950 Pennant winning home run

On the closing day of the season, at Ebbets Fieldmarker, he hit a tenth-inning, opposite-field, three-run home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers that would give the "Whiz Kids" Phillies their first National League pennant in 35 years. Had Philadelphia lost, the Phillies and Dodgers would have finished in a flat-footed tie for the championship and a best-of-three playoff would have resulted. The home run made Sisler world-famous; Ernest Hemingway feted him in his novel The Old Man and the Sea.

Dick's father, George Sr., was a Brooklyn scout in 1950. When asked after the pennant winning game how he felt when his son beat his current team, the Dodgers, George replied, "I felt awful and terrific at the same time."

Coaching and managerial career

After managing in the minor leagues with the AA Nashville Vols and AAA Seattle Rainiers, Sisler became a coach for Cincinnati in , serving under manager Fred Hutchinson. In August , Sisler was promoted to acting manager under tragic circumstances when Hutchinson, suffering from cancer, had to give up the reins. Sisler led the Reds to a 32-21 record, the team finishing second to the Cardinals. After his formal appointment as manager in October 1964, Sisler brought the Reds home fourth in with an 89-73 record before his dismissal at season's end. He then returned to the major league coaching ranks with the Cardinals, San Diego Padres and New York Mets. In his late 60s he was still working with young players as an instructor in the Cardinals' farm system.

Dick Sisler died in Nashville, Tennesseemarker at age 78.

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