|Catcher / Right fielder / Designated hitter|
November 30, 1956 |
San Diego, California
|April 14, 1981, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 28, 1989, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Runs batted in||181|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ralph David Engle (born November 30, 1956) 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.
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. He played catcher, first base, third base, outfield and designated hitter.
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.