Dave Engle

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Dave Engle
Utility player
Born: (1956-11-30) November 30, 1956 (age 57)
San Diego, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 14, 1981 for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
July 28, 1989 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
Batting average .262
Home runs 31
Runs batted in 181
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Ralph David Engle (born November 30, 1956, in San Diego, California) is a former Major League Baseball utility player who played for the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Brewers all of the American League and the Montreal Expos of the National League from 1981 to 1989.

Pro career[edit]

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Engle was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 1978 amateur draft by the California Angels. On February 3, 1979, He was traded by the Angels along with Brad Havens, Paul Hartzell and Ken Landreaux to the Minnesota Twins for Rod Carew.[1] He played catcher, first base, third base, outfield and designated hitter.

In the minor leagues, Engle won the International League batting title in 1980, beating out Wade Boggs .307 to .306. Four years later, he was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1984.

During his sophomore season, Engle became the first player to hit a home run in Minneapolis's newly opened Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. This occurred on opening day, April 6, 1982 and also marked the first hit, run scored, and R.B.I. in the stadium's history.

Engle has family ties in baseball: he is the brother in-law of his former Twins team-mate, Tom Brunansky.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dave Engle Transactions". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 

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