Dick Tidrow Obituary – Death: “Former MLB P and Giants Director of Personnel, Dick Tidrow has passed away at age 74. Tidrow won 2 World Series with the Yankees and had 100 career wins along with 975 regular season strikeouts.“
74-year-old Dick Tidrow, a long-time baseball executive, has died unexpectedly in Lee’s Summit, Mo., on July 10. He was born on May 14, 1947 in San Francisco.
He was moved from the junior varsity baseball team to the varsity squad to make an emergency start when he was a sophomore at Mount Eden High School in Hayward, California.
Dick spent 30 years working in a variety of positions, from scout to senior adviser to the president of baseball operations in San Francisco Giants. He played for the Cleveland Indians (1972-74), New York Yankees (1975-79), Chicago Cubs (1979-82), Chicago White Sox (1983) and New York Mets (1984).
In 1963, he threw a 5-hit, 5-2 win while striking out 11 batters.
Tidrow remained involved in baseball for the rest of his life. Starting in 1985, I joined the Yankees as a scout. He held that position until 1994, when he joined the Giants as a special assignment scout. Although he is occasionally referred to as a potentially excellent pitching coach, Tidrow had a knack for evaluating players, particularly pitchers. He became director of player personnel in 1997 and held a variety of other titles through 2021. During his tenure, the Giants made the postseason eight times and won the World Series four times. They did it with a core pool of local talent, which is a testament to Tidrow and the rest of the team’s scouting department.
Below are the reactions from friends and other affected persons.
Damn I just saw this RIP Dick.
Tidrow ran the show in the minors when I was with Giants.
We called him ninja because he would be in most random places we weren’t expecting to watch us play, one time we found him watching our game behind the trees.
— KingofJUCO (@KingofJUCO) July 17, 2021
I’ve been behind the loop lately in Giants news but I just heard the loss of Dick Tidrow. RIP the legend.
— Hum Buss’s Habitually Humble Buddy (@BartAndBaileyGM) July 17, 2021
We discuss Mets, Yankees, All Star game, Home Run Derby, and Dick Tidrow.
— Rob Morosca (@RMorosca) July 18, 2021
I have to say all the @KNBR shows did an excellent job paying tribute to Dick Tidrow these past few days.
Here’s a picture of him in action taken by my brother in 2010. pic.twitter.com/dmVNXpIAOs
— /\/\¡ke ₩ (@MiketWlTTEr) July 19, 2021
Dick Tidrow. Talk about great baseball memories. I can still see him wearing the Yankee pinstripes. Rest well.
— Steve Gorelick (@sgorelick) July 19, 2021
1978 YANKEES CLUBHOUSE.KENCLAY,SPARKYLYLE
RIVERS,SWEETLOU,CATFISH,DICK TIDROW RIP,
— James michael🇮🇪🇺🇲🇮🇪🇺🇲⚡⚡ (@Jamesyankee) July 20, 2021
Tonight, the #SFGiants remember Senior Advisor to the President of Baseball Operations, Dick Tidrow.
Dick was an amazing individual and beloved member of the #SFGiants family for nearly three decades. Our thoughts are with the entire Tidrow family. He will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/a7aVubKfNv
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 24, 2021