Richard Alan "Richie" Scheinblum (November 5, 1942, in New York City) is a former professional All Star Major League Baseball player.

He played for the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, California Angels, and St. Louis Cardinals. He also played two seasons in Japan for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

Early life

Scheimblum is Jewish, and was born in New York to Fred and Lee Scheinblum. He is a 1964 graduate of C.W. Post College, now known as LIU Post.[1]

Baseball career

Playing for the Denver Bears in 1971, he was the American Association MVP after he hit a league-leading and Triple-A-record .388 with a .490 on-base percentage, .725 slugging percentage, 31 doubles, 10 triples, 25 home runs, and 108 RBIs.[1][2]

Scheinblum played outfield in the major leagues from 1965 to 1974. A switch-hitter, he hit .263 with 13 homers and 127 RBIs in his career.[3][4]

His best year was 1972, when he hit .300 (sixth in the American League) with an on-base percentage of .383 (fifth in the league), 8 homers, and 66 RBIs for the Royals.[5][6] He was named to the American League All-Star team and was the Royals' Player of the Month in August.[5][7] Following the Munich massacre in September of that year, Scheinblum wore a black armband in memory of the slain Israeli athletes. He later said, "I wore the emblematic black band ... not only because they were Jewish athletes, but because they were human beings".[2]

Family

His son, Monte Scheinblum, hit a golf ball 329 yards, 13 inches, into a 20 mile-per-hour wind to win the 1992 U.S. National Long Driving Championship,[8][9] and was also the world long driving champion that year.[10]

References

  1. ^ "Archives". The Rocky Mountain News. August 30, 1992. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ ".". Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ The Big Book of Jewish Baseball: An Illustrated Encyclopedia & Anecdotal History. SP Books. 2001. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ More Tales from the Tribe Dugout. Sports Publishing LLC. 2005. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Richie Scheinblum Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ Baseball Digest. Books.google.com. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kansas City Royals History – Richie Scheinblum". Kcroyalshistory.com. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ Jaime Diaz (May 1, 1995). "Though they outdistance the Tour's mightiest ball". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Scheinblum Wins Driving Competition". Boca Raton, Florida: Sun Sentinel. October 5, 1992. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ Ed Richards (July 9, 1996). "Three Earn Chance To Play With Best". Daily Press. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 

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