L. D. Meyer

American football player

1915 – 2003

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Who was L. D. Meyer?

Lambert Dalton "Little Dutch" Meyer was an American college football player and professional baseball player and manager, as well as the nephew of the famous and similarly named Texas Christian University football coach Leo "Dutch" Meyer.

A native of Waco, Texas, Meyer played baseball and football at TCU in the 1930s. On the gridiron, he was the favorite target of future Hall of Fame Quarterback Sammy Baugh. He kicked the winning field goal in the famous 3-2 TCU victory over LSU in the 1936 Sugar Bowl. The next year, he scored all the points in TCU's 16-6 victory over Marquette in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

Young Dutch took up a career in baseball upon graduating TCU. A right-handed batter and thrower, he stood 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed 181 pounds. He split his first pro season, 1937, between the Knoxville Smokies of the Class A1 Southern Association and the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. On June 23, he made his Major League debut as a pinch runner for the Cubs. The Detroit Tigers bought his contract in 1940, and he spent the next three seasons bouncing between Detroit and the minor league Buffalo Bisons.

In 1942, Meyer left baseball to serve in World War II, joining the U.S. Army Air Corps. When he was discharged in 1945, he rejoined the Tigers who traded him to the Cleveland Indians. That season was Dutch's best, as he led the Indians in hits with 153 with an average of .292. After the 1947 season, he was traded to the New York Yankees, who demoted him to the minors.

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Born
Oct 7, 1915
Waco
Nationality
  • United States of America
Lived in
  • Waco
Died
Jan 19, 2003
Fort Worth

Submitted
on July 23, 2013