SAN FRANCISCO – Dick Tidrow, a former Major League pitcher and longtime front office member of the San Francisco Giants, has died. He was 74.
The Giants announced his death on Wednesday on behalf of the Tidrow family. He died unexpectedly on Saturday in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
“Our entire organization is heartbroken at the news of Dick’s death,” said Larry Baer, Giants president and CEO. “So much of our success over the past three decades is directly related to Dick’s contributions. We will all miss him very much and our thoughts are with Mari Jo and his entire family during this difficult time. “
Tidrow set up parts of 13 major league seasons for the Indians, Yankees, Cubs, White Sox and Mets. The 6-foot-4 right-handed man had a career record of 100-94 with a 3.68 ERA over 620 appearances with 138 starts.
Tidrow most recently served as senior advisor to the Giants to the president of the baseball business. He spent 28 seasons in half a dozen roles with the Giants after joining the franchise as a major league scout prior to the 1994 season.
The former pitcher’s leadership was vital during the Giants’ three World Series championship seasons in 2010, ’12 and ’14. The 2010 championship was the first for the franchise since moving west in 1958.
“Dick was a unique and special person whose influence and impact was legendary throughout the game, and whose fingerprints are all over our three World Series trophies,” said Brian Sabean, executive vice president and senior advisor for the Giants. “On a personal level, we have shared some incredible ups and downs and I am forever grateful for his 40 years of friendship and support.”
Before returning to his native San Francisco, Tidrow worked as a Special Assignment Scout for the Yankees from 1985 to 1993.
“Crushing! We lost another great baseball man!” Former Giants infielder Kevin Frandsen posted on Twitter. “The ‘ninja’ was so influential to all of us. His random moments when he showed up, maybe said a few words that might help you, a few words that you might not want to hear at the time. But he was ALWAYS HONEST! “
Tidrow was born in San Francisco on May 14, 1947. A retired Marine, he attended high school and college in Hayward, a suburb of East Bay, graduating from Mount Eden High in 1965 and Chabot Junior College two years later.
He leaves behind his wife Mari Jo, three children – Andy, Matt and Richelle – and a grandchild, Trista.
“Dick was truly one of a kind. He is loved and missed beyond measure and is irreplaceable in our hearts and lives,” said Mari Jo Tidrow.
Services were due.