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Dick Selma

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Full Name Richard Jay Selma (Mortimer Snerd)
Position Pitcher / Coach
B/T Right / Right ; 5-11/180
Born November 4, 1943
at Santa Ana, CA
Died August 29, 2001
at Clovis, CA
Signed 1963 Free Agent (NYM)
MLB Debut September 2, 1965


Top row, third from right


  • May 28, 1963: Signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent.
  • October 14, 1968: Drafted by the San Diego Padres from the New York Mets as the 5th pick in the 1968 expansion draft.
  • April 25, 1969: Traded by the San Diego Padres to the Chicago Cubs for Joe Niekro, Gary Ross, and Frankie Libran.
  • November 17, 1969: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with Oscar Gamble to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later and Johnny Callison. The Philadelphia Phillies sent Larry Colton (January, 1970) to the Chicago Cubs to complete the trade.
  • May 8, 1973: Released by the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • May 21, 1973: Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • September 26, 1973: Purchased by the California Angels from the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • July 29, 1974: Purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers from the California Angels.
  • August 12, 1974: Returned to the California Angels by the Milwaukee Brewers following previous purchase.

Richard Jay Selma (November 4, 1943 in Santa Ana, California - August 29, 2001), was a professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1965-1974. He played for the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, California Angels, and Milwaukee Brewers during his 10-year major league career.

Selma played college baseball at Fresno City College.[1] After a year, Selma was signed as an amateur free agent by the Mets on May 28, 1963 and made his Major League debut two seasons later.[2] In only his second career start, he threw a 10-inning shutout in a 1-0 victory against the Milwaukee Braves, throwing 13 strikeouts in the process.[3] The 13 strikeouts thrown were at the time a Mets franchise record.[4] He had two wins and one loss in four games that season, and spent the next two seasons with the Mets as a relief pitcher. During the 1968 season, Selma became a starting pitcher again like he was his rookie year, and started 23 games, posting a 9-10 record with an ERA of 2.76.[2] This, along with his 117 strikeouts, led the expansion San Diego Padres to draft him with the fifth pick in the 1968 expansion draft on October 14, 1968.[2]

Selma was given the start for the Padres on opening day of the 1969 season. On April 8, 1969, Selma pitched a complete game and threw 12 strikeouts en route to a 2-1 victory, the Padres' first in franchise history.[5] Selma ended up pitching only four games for the Padres, as they traded him to the Chicago Cubs on April 25, 1969 for Joe Niekro, Gary Ross, and Frankie Libran.[2] It was during his time with the Cubs that Selma became known as a cheerleader for those sitting in Wrigley Field's bleachers.[4] He finished his tenure with the Cubs with a 10-8 record, 161 strikeouts, and a 3.63 ERA.[2] However, he had a 7-1 record before finishing 10-8, and partially as a result of this skid was traded.[4] Selma was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on November 17, 1969 with Oscar Gamble for a player to be named later (who became Larry Colton) and Johnny Callison.[2]

The Phillies turned Selma into their closer for the 1970 season. He converted 22 saves in 73 appearances, and his 73 games played and 47 games finished were both second highest in the National League.[2] He started 10 games in the 1972 season, but in his four seasons in Philadelphia, Selma was primarily used as a reliever. He was released by the Phillies on May 8, 1973, but was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals on May 21.[2] He never appeared in a game for the Cardinals, and at the end of the season his contract was purchased by the California Angels.[2] He played 18 games for the Angels during the 1974 season, his contract was purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers, who he only played two games with.[2] Selma was returned to the Angels after the two appearances, and did not appear in a major league game again.

After retiring from the game, Selma returned to Fresno and took a night job so that he could play and coach baseball in the area.[1] He was an assistant coach at his alma mater and served as the pitching coach at Clovis High School.[1] Selma died on August 29, 2001 in Clovis, California, as a result of liver cancer.[1]


Fresno City College Assistant Coach: BART SELMA

Bart SelmaBart, a former Ram like his late father, Dick, knew as a little boy all about what it means to put on the FCC Red and White when his dad helped coach the Rams.
He grew up in Fresno and played at Fresno High for Ken Papi. Then, after graduating from FHS like dad, Bart played two years at FCC from 1984- 1986. His first coaching job was as an assistant to Len Bourdet from 1987- 1988. He also was an assistant coach at Clovis High when the Cougars won their first Valley Championship in 1995. Now in his second year of his second tour on the FCC staff, he will be responsible for the infielders and assist with the hitters.

Bart is in his 11th year as a physical education teacher at John Sutter Middle School in Fowler and is also Sutter’s director of athletics. He and his wife Tanja, reside in Clovis with their two children, Courtney, 11, and Quentin, 7.