Dick Sisler batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was a journeyman left fielder and first baseman whose career with the St. Louis Cardinals (1946-47, 1952-53), Philadelphia Phillies (1948-51) and Cincinnati Reds (1952) was distinguished by one shining moment. On the closing day of the season, at Ebbets Field, he hit a tenth-inning, opposite-field, three-run home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers that would give the "Whiz Kids" Phillies their first National League pennant in 35 years. Had Philadelphia lost, the Phillies and Dodgers would have finished in a flat-footed tie for the championship and a best-of-three playoff would have resulted. The home run made Sisler world-famous; Ernest Hemingway feted him in his novel The Old Man and the Sea.
After managing in the minor leagues with the AA Nashville Vols and AAA Seattle Rainiers, Sisler became a coach for Cincinnati in , serving under manager Fred Hutchinson. In August , Sisler was promoted to acting manager under tragic circumstances when Hutchinson, suffering from cancer, had to give up the reins. Sisler led the Reds to a 32-21 record, the team finishing second to the Cardinals. After his formal appointment as manager in October 1964, Sisler brought the Reds home fourth in with an 89-73 record before his dismissal at season's end. He then returned to the major league coaching ranks with the Cardinals, San Diego Padres and New York Mets. In his late 60s he was still working with young players as an instructor in the Cardinals' farm system.
Dick Sisler died in Nashville, Tennessee at age 78.