Dick Bokelmann

1953 Topps

Bokelmann pitched in 34 games for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1951-1953. He pitched in 20 games his rookie season and had some success, putting together a 3-3 record with 3 saves in 20 games. He made his lone career start that season and had an ERA of 3.78. However, his ERA ballooned to 9.24 in 1952 and he only lasted 11 games in the big leagues. He returned for three more games in 1953 which would end up being his final games in the majors. Bokelmann spent 1954 pitching in the minors. He retired following that season.


Bokelmann is one of the 100-oldest-living ballplayers. His first appearance came on August 3, 1951 at Sportsman’s Park against the New York Giants. He pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn the save for Brecheen.

We featured Bokelmann’s favorite teammate Gerry Staley in December.

Dick Bokelmann – career stats 

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, punk rocker ... I am actually in the (a) Hall of Fame. They said to never trust anyone over 30 and now I am so far past that point, spinning aimlessly and still trying to figure out my place in the world.

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