Dave Engle
Catcher / Right fielder / Designated hitter
Born: (1956-11-30) November 30, 1956 (age 64)
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
MLB statistics
Batting average.262
Home runs31
Runs batted in181
Teams
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.

Pro career

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 is the brother in-law of his former Twins teammate, Tom Brunansky.

References

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