Richard Roy Cole
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 175 lb.
- High School Woodrow Wilson Classical High School
- Debut April 27, 1951
- Final Game July 21, 1957
- Born May 6, 1926 in Long Beach, CA USA
- Died October 18, 2018 in Costa Mesa, CA USA
One of the few bespectacled players of the time, infielder Dick Cole was only 17 when he began his playing career with the Sacramento Solons in the Pacific Coast League in 1943. He came out of the military service in 1946 to hit .386 for the Fresno Cardinals and win the California League batting title before spending three seasons in the International League with the Rochester Red Wings. After beginning 1951 with the St. Louis Cardinals, Dick was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a semi-regular for the Pirates in 1953 and 1954, he hit a steady .270, and last appeared in 15 games for the world champion Milwaukee Braves in 1957, concluding a six-year stay hitting .249.
After his playing career, Dick managed in the New York Mets organization in the early 1960s and was a Chicago Cubs coach for part of the 1961 as part of the College of Coaches experiment. Cole then joined baseball's Central Scouting Bureau. He was a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1970 to 1974, earning the title of Scouting Supervisor the last three years. A resident of Costa Mesa, CA, he continued to scout for the San Francisco Giants in southern California until his death in 2018.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1961||Wenatchee Chiefs||Northwest League||--||Chicago Cubs||replaced Vedie Himsl/|
replaced by Bobby Adams
|1962||Auburn Mets||New York-Penn League||62-57||3rd (t)||New York Mets||League Champs|
|1963||Auburn Mets||New York-Penn League||76-54||1st||New York Mets||Lost in 1st round|
|1970||GCL Pirates||Gulf Coast League||23-40||8th||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1971||Niagara Falls Pirates||New York-Penn League||29-30||3rd||Pittsburgh Pirates||replaced Chuck Cottier (8-3)|
- Doug Engelman: "Dick Cole", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Thar's Joy in Braveland: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 45-48. ISBN 978-1933599717