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Gus Bell
Outfielder
Born: November 15, 1928(1928-11-15)
Louisville, Kentucky
Died: May 7, 1995 (aged 66)
Montgomery, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
May 30, 1950 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
May 1, 1964 for the Milwaukee Braves
Career statistics
Batting average     .281
Home runs     206
Runs batted in     942
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 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 fielder in Major League Baseball who 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.

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Career

A native of Louisville, Kentucky and 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 Kiner for the Pirates. Later, he fit snugly into Cincinnati lineups with sluggers like Smoky Burgess, Ted Kluszewski, Vada Pinson, Wally Post and 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, 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 Syndrome Association 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.

Highlights

  • 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

Facts

  • On June 28, 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.

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