Born April 21, 1941, in Sioux City, Iowa; Green was a slick-fielding second baseman for the Kansas City and Oakland Athletics for 12 years (1963-74), almost all of them as a starter. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder hit .240 for his career. His best season was 1969, when he hit .275 with 12 home runs and 64 RBI for Oakland. Was a key member of the Oakland dynasty that won World Series titles in 1972, ’73 and ’74. Hit .333 (6-for-18) in the 1972 Series. Mr. Green recently sent me these responses to some questions in the mail. They seemed that they were done in haste, so I posted the video below that speaks for itself.
What are your thoughts on Charlie Finley?
He was a great man.
The 70’s Oakland Athletics were known for their brawls with team-mates in the clubhouse. Were you ever involved?
Mark Ellis broke your record for most homers by a second baseman in club history-were you disappointed?
I wasn’t disappointed, Mark is a terrific person and a great ballplayer.
Hal McRae and Johnny Bench had some vicious slides against you in the 1972 World Series. What are your thoughts?
They were clean hits.
When I was a kid, I could swear (and I might be remembering wrong here) that we used to make fun of this guy, saying that Dick Green has a green dick.
It SOUNDS like something we would’ve said at that age!
Then there is always Dick Pole ans Rusty Kuntz.
Don’t forget Pete LaCock! We used to always make fun of him! He played for the Cubs and later the Royals.
Here’s a nice time killer….an article in the L.A. weekly about how the term “cock” actually means vagina in black culture.