Bucky Dent

Bucky Dent

Bucky Dent
Dent in 2010.
Born: (1951-11-25) November 25, 1951
Savannah, Georgia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 1, 1973, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 11, 1984, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Batting average .247
Home runs 40
Runs batted in 423

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Russell Earl "Bucky" Dent (born Russell Earl O'Dey; November 25, 1951),[1] is a former American Major League Baseball player and manager. He earned two World Series rings as the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978, and was voted the World Series MVP in 1978. Dent is most famous for his home run in a tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox at the end of the 1978 season.


  • Early life 1
  • Playing career 2
    • Early career 2.1
    • 1978 2.2
    • 1979–84 2.3
  • Post-career activities 3
  • Managerial record 4
  • Non-baseball work 5
  • Movies 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Dent was born 25 November 1951, in [2] He went home from the hospital with his mother's brother James Earl Dent, and James' wife, Sarah. He and his half-brother were raised by the Dents, and they changed his last name to "Dent", but his mother would not allow them to legally adopt. He and his half-brother were led to believe the Dents were their biological parents, until he was ten years old.[1] Dent was told the woman he knew as his aunt was in fact his mother.[2] Later in life, he was told the name of his father, whom he then found, thus sparking and developing a relationship.[1]

Playing career

Early career

Dent grew up in Hialeah, Florida, graduating from Hialeah High School. The sixth pick in the 1970 major league draft, by the age of 21 he was playing shortstop for the Chicago White Sox, wearing uniform number 30. The pressure of succeeding Luis Aparicio at the position was problematic, however, and in 1977 the White Sox traded him to the Yankees for Oscar Gamble, LaMarr Hoyt, a minor leaguer and $200,000.[3] The Yankees gave him uniform number 20.


Dent is widely remembered for hitting a three-run home run that gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the 1978 AL East division playoff game against the Boston Red Sox. This was all the more remarkable due to the fact that Dent was not known as a power hitter. Indeed, the home run was one of only 40 he hit in his entire 12-year career. Further, Dent occupied the ninth spot in the batting order, not generally considered a power slot. The Yankees went on to win the game 5-4, securing the division title in the process. Ever since then, Red Sox fans have called him "Bucky Fucking Dent."[4]

Dent continued his unusually high production by batting .417 in the 1978 World Series, earning Series Most Valuable Player honors, as the Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, four games to two.


A three-time All-Star, Dent remained the Yankees' shortstop until 1982, when he was traded to the Texas Rangers for outfielder Lee Mazzilli. On the Rangers, his uniform number was 7. Dent returned to the Yankees briefly in 1984 (but never played a game) before finishing his career that season with the Kansas City Royals, wearing uniform number 21. He retired having spent his full 12-year playing career in the American League, with a .247 batting average and 423 RBI.

Post-career activities

After retiring as a player, Dent managed in the Yankees' minor-league system, notably with the [7] He also said that "the firing was only special because...it's the first time a Yankee manager...was purged on the ancient Indian burial grounds of the Back Bay".[7]

From 1991 to 1994, Dent served on the coaching staff of the St. Louis Cardinals under manager Joe Torre, moving to the coaching staff of the Texas Rangers from 1995 to 2001.

In 2002, Dent served as the manager for the Omaha Royals, the Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

In 2003, when the Green Monster seats were added to Fenway Park, Dent attended the first game and sat in a Green Monster seat that was very near to where his 1978 home run landed. No animosity was displayed towards him by Red Sox fans at that game, who were all cordial to him.

Dent threw out the first pitch to Yogi Berra in the seventh and final game of the 2004 American League Championship Series.

In November 2005, Dent became the bench coach for the Cincinnati Reds. The Cincinnati Reds released Dent on July 3, 2007; just a few days after releasing manager Jerry Narron. At the time, the Reds had the worst record in Major League Baseball.

He now lives in South Florida with his wife Marianne, who passed away on October, 22 2015 and four children, Scott Russell, Stacy Lynn and twins Cody Joseph and Caitlin Ann. Caitlin Dent played NCAA Division I softball at North Carolina State from 2010–2013[8] and is now an assistant coach for the Hofstra softball team,[9] while Cody Dent played baseball at Florida.[10]

Managerial record

Team From To Regular season record Post–season record Ref.
W L Win % W L Win %
New York Yankees 1989 1990 36 53 .404 [11]

Non-baseball work

In 1979, Dent posed for a pin-up poster. That year he also appeared in the TV movie Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, portraying a wide receiver who was the love interest of one of the cheerleaders. He also appeared in the September 1983 issue of Playgirl magazine wearing a swimsuit. In 2014, Dent made a cameo in Walt Before Mickey.


In 2014, Dent made a cameo as a father in the feature film Walt Before Mickey starring Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jon Heder, Armando Gutierrez, David Henrie, Jodie Sweetin in an Armando Gutierrez and Arthur L. Bernstein film.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Schudel, Matt (1990-09-02). "The Luck of Bucky Dent".  
  2. ^ a b "Finding his Father".  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ Graves, Gary (October 17, 2003). "For Boston, ousting rivals would be sweet". USA Today. p. 4C. 
  5. ^ "Grand opening of Little Fenway gets national attention". Boca Raton News. March 22, 1989. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Cafardo, Nick (June 7, 1990). "Dent Dumped by Yankees". Boston Globe. p. 37. Dent's greatest moment as a player—and his worst moment as a manager—came in Boston. 
  7. ^ a b c Shaughnessy, Dan (June 7, 1990). "His Back Was Against the Wall". The Boston Globe. p. 37. 
  8. ^ "Caitlin Dent Bio - NC State University Official Athletic Site". gopack.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  9. ^ http://www.gohofstra.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=22200&ATCLID=209601765
  10. ^ "Cody Dent". gatorzone.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  11. ^ "Bucky Dent". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • Bucky Dent Baseball School