Richard William Tidrow, better known as Dick — or by baseball fans as "Dirt," given his often dirty uniforms — passed away on Wednesday. He was 74 years old.
According to Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly, he died "unexpectedly" in his Lee's Summit, Missouri home.
Tidrow was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the fourth round of the 1967 MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase and spent the next five seasons rising through the minor league ranks. Making his debut on April 18, 1972, Tidrow impressed as a 24-year-old rookie, compiling a 14-15 record but with an impressive 2.77 ERA. Over the next dozen years, he'd spend time with not only the Indians but the Yankees and Cubs, spending the bulk of his career split between those two clubs, before finishing off with brief stints with the White Sox and Mets. He'd pick up two World Series rings on the way for the 1977 and 1978 Yankees, twirling a dazzling 1.93 ERA in the latter of those series in two appearances.
His impact on the baseball diamond wasn't done after his playing career, however, as he'd go on to become a longtime Giants executive — as Baggarly noted above — and was a "pitching guru" for the organization.
The 2021 season was Tidrow's 28th year overall with the team, with different roles over his tenure including a scout, a special assistant to the GM, the director of player personnel and, most recently, the senior advisor to the president of baseball operations.
Several other members of the MLB community mourned his death on social media.