Russell Earl “Bucky” Dent (born Russell Earl O’Dey; November 25, 1951) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) player and manager. He earned two World Series rings as the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978 and was voted the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in 1978.
Born in Savannah, Georgia, to Denise O’Dey and Russell “Shorty” Stanford, Dent went home from the hospital with his mother’s brother James Earl Dent, and James’ wife, Sarah.
Bucky and his half-brother were raised by the Dents, who changed his last name to “Dent”, but his mother would not allow them to legally adopt.
Who Did Bucky Dent Play For?
Bucky Dent played for Kansa City Royals, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox.
After retiring as a player, Dent managed in the Yankees’ minor-league system, notably with the Columbus Clippers. He served the Yankees as manager of the big-league club for portions of two seasons, compiling an 18–22 record in 1989 and an 18–31 record in 1990.