Dale Willis

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Dale Willis
Pitcher
Born: (1938-05-29) May 29, 1938 (age 76)
Calhoun, Georgia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 14, 1963 for the Kansas City Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 13, 1963 for the Kansas City Athletics
Career statistics
Win–loss record 0–2
Earned run average 5.04
Strikeouts 47
Teams

Dale Jerome Willis (born May 29, 1938) is a former American college and professional baseball player who was a pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) for single season in 1963.

Willis was born in Calhoun, Georgia in 1938. He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Dave Fuller's Florida Gators baseball team in 1955 and 1956. As a senior in 1956, he posted three consecutive games with ten or more strikeouts, averaged 11.9 strikeouts per game, and earned an All-SEC selection. He was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1976.[1][2]

Willis was signed by the Kansas City Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1960, and spent several years playing for their minor league affiliates. He played for the Athletics in 1963. He appeared in twenty-five career games, and posted an 0–2 win-loss record with a 5.04 earned run average (ERA). Willis batted and threw right-handed.

After retiring from professional baseball, Willis worked in the construction equipment business and became a vice president of the Sims Crane & Equipment Company in Tampa, Florida.

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  1. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "Nine Named to UF Hall of Fame," St. Petersburg Times, p. 3C (April 24, 1976). Retrieved July 23, 2011.

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