- Gus Bell
Infobox MLB retired
deathdate=death date and age|1995|5|7|1928|11|15
Runs batted in
New York Mets(by|1962)
* 4x All-Star selection (1953, 1954, 1956, 1957)
David Russell "Gus" Bell, Jr. (
November 15 1928- May 7 1995) was an American center and right fielderin Major League Baseballwho played with the Pittsburgh Pirates(1950-52), Cincinnati Reds/Redlegs (1953-61), New York Mets(1962) and Milwaukee Braves (1962-64). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
A native of
Louisville, Kentuckyand graduate of Bishop Benedict Joseph Flaget High School, Bell played nine of his 15 seasons with Cincinnati and was the oldest member of a rare three-generation major league family. His son, Buddy, is a former third baseman, coach and manager, and his grandsons, David and Mike, are a pair of infielders.
Bell was one of the most feared hitters throughout the 1950s and was a highly ranked outfielder as well. He provided a one-two punch along with
Ralph Kinerfor the Pirates. Later, he fit snugly into Cincinnati lineups with sluggers like Smoky Burgess, Ted Kluszewski, Vada Pinson, Wally Postand Frank Robinson. A four-time All-Star selection, Bell enjoyed his best seasons in 1953, when he hit .300 with 30 home runs and 105 RBI, and 1955, collecting .308, 27, 104. Four times, he knocked in more than 100 runs in a season and hit 103 home runs from 1953-56.
On April 11, by|1962, Bell was the starting right fielder in the Mets' inaugural game, and also was their first base runner after hitting a single in the second inning of an 11-4 loss to St.Louis.
In a 15-year career, Bell was a .281 hitter with 206 home runs and 942 RBI in 1741 games.
Every year, a Celebrity Golf Tournament is held in his honor. Proceeds benefit the
Down SyndromeAssociation of Greater Cincinnati. Gus' granddaughter Traci, to whom he was very close, has Down Syndrome. The tournament is held in mid-July every year; in 2005 it celebrated its tenth anniversary. The current tournament staff includes Deborah Baker, Ty Steele, Gus' widow Joyce Bell-Dolle, and her husband Don Dolle.
* 4-time All-Star (1953-54, 1956-57)
* Hit for the cycle (June 4, 1951)
* Hit three home runs in consecutive at-bats (May 29, 1956)
* Inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1964
* Bell, Ted Kluszewski and
Bob Thurmanbecame the second trio of teammates with a 3-HR game in the same season (by|1956), tying a major league single-season record with Duke Snider, Roy Campanellaand Tommy Brown(Brooklyn Dodgers, by|1950) and Cory Snyder, Joe Carterand Brook Jacoby( Cleveland Indians, by|1987).
*On June 28, by|2004, David Bell hit for the cycle in a Phillies 14-6 win over the Expos, joining his grandfather, Gus Bell. They are the only grandfather-grandson duo in major league history to accomplish that feat.
*In by|1957, Bell and six of his Redleg teammates—
Ed Bailey, Johnny Temple, Roy McMillan, Don Hoak, Wally Postand Frank Robinson—were "voted" into the National League All-Star starting lineup, the result of a ballot stuffingcampaign by Redlegs fans. Bell remained on the team as a reserve, but Post was taken off altogether. Bell and Post were replaced as starters by Hank Aaronand Willie Mays. Bell entered the game as a pinch hitterfor Robinson in the seventh and drove in both Mays and Bailey with a single against Early Wynn.
Hitting for the cycle
Top 500 home run hitters of all time
Major League Baseball hitters with three home runs in one game
List of Major League Baseball triples champions
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* [http://www.thedeadballera.com/Obits/Bell.Gus.Obit.html The Deadball Era]
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