Friday, September 26, 2014

663rd Place - Dave Engle

Card #196

When you check out Dave's Baseball Reference page, it lists Tom Brunansky as his brother-in-law.  Did Tom marry his sister, or did Dave marry Tom's sister?  That has to make for some awkward lockeroom dynamics...

I don't recall this from my youth, but apparently Dave suffered from the same mental block that impacted folks like Mackey Sasser and Steve Sax when throwing.  Like Sasser, Engle's main issue was getting the ball back to the pitcher.  It effectively ended his time as a starter.  Relegated to the never-glamorous backup catcher role, Engle bounced around through the 1989 season, ending his career on the Brewers. 

Engle did manage an All-Star game team in his career (1984), though he didn't get into the game.  The previous link mentioned he scouts for the Orioles now, but I couldn't find him listed...

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