Friday, February 9, 2018

NOT SO MISSING IN ACTION- 1979 DAVE MACHEMER

Today I post up a 1979 “not so missing” card for two-year Major League player Dave Machemer, who played the first ten games of his Big League career with the California Angels in 1978:


Machemer would bat a very respectable .273 with six hits over 22 at-bats for the Angels, collecting a homer and a double while driving in two runs while scoring six himself.
The following season he’d find himself in Detroit with the Tigers, as they drafted him from Baltimore in the Rule 5 Draft in December of 1978.
Sadly for him it didn’t translate to more time, as he’d only appear in 19 games for the Tigers, hitting .192 with five hits over 26 at-bats, in what turned out to be the final at-bats of his Major League career.
He’d stick around through the 1982 season in the Minor Leagues, the last two and a half in the Minnesota system, before retiring as a player.
Looking over his Minor League years, the man was a stolen base machine, topping 45 three different seasons while also adding in 36 in another, scoring over 100 runs twice and hitting as high as .324 in 1978 for the Salt Lake City Gulls in Triple-A ball.

4 comments:

  1. He had a cool nickname..."Mach One"...no doubt due to his name and stolen base totals in the minors.

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  2. Is that Ron Jackson in the background? Nice card!!

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  3. Machemer is a baseball lifer, he's managed in the minors in 14 different cities (according to bbref.com)

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  4. yep that's a Ron Jackson sighting! Also looks like he borrowing Rick Miller's bat, based on the number on the knob.

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