Dave Bennett (baseball)
David Hans Bennett (born November 7, 1945, in Berkeley, CA) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1963, Dave was signed as an amateur free agent (prior to the establishment of the Major League Draft).
The lanky right-hander had one big league appearance, pitching just one inning in relief (the 9th), on the ill-fated 1964 Phillies team. His older brother (and Phillies teammate), Dennis Bennett, a southpaw who had preceded him to the major leagues, was the Phils' starting moundsman that day, (June 12, 1964).
Although Dave only played in that one MLB game, he is well-remembered for two unusual reasons:
- On the day he made that lone game appearance (06/12/1964), the (then-) first place Phillies used two 18-year-old relief pitchers (the other being Rick Wise). They (Bennett and Wise, respectively) were the fourth- and fifth-youngest players in the National League, that season.
- He has attained a (virtual) cult following among sports hobbyists because of a copy error on his 1964 Topps baseball bubble gum card, No. 561. The ambiguous copy on his rookie card reads, "The 19-year-old righthanded curveballer is just 18 years old!" (In another twist, this is also Wise's rookie card)
- Foreman, Sean.  Baseball Reference Player Transactions page. Retrieved: May 28, 2008.
- Baseball Almanac
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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