Monday, February 6, 2023

One Page of Dave Machemer

 This series will highlight "one page" at a time from my binder of correspondence and autographs from former Angels players and personnel.

   Dave Machemer 2B, 3B, SS California Angels 1978
June 6, 1972: Drafted by the California Angels in the 4th round of the 1972 amateur draft.
March 3, 1976: Traded by the California Angels with John Balaz and Dick Sharon to the Boston Red Sox for Dick Drago.
January 4, 1977: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the California Angels for John Doherty.
December 4, 1978: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers from the California Angels in the 1978 rule 5 draft.

California Angels (1978)
Detroit Tigers (1979)

Correspondence received April 2006 via his home in Stevensville, MI.

Fun Fact: "Leading off the first inning in his first big-league plate appearance, Angels second baseman Dave Machemer homers off Geoff Zahn to spark a 5-2 victory over the Twins in Minnesota."
Machemer never hit another homer during his major league career, which lasted 29 games and 48 at-bats with the Angels and Tigers in 1978 and 1979.
- John Snyder, Angels Journal


  1. Machemer writing about that home run is truly a unique and cool piece of baseball memorabilia.

  2. You really can't ask for a better first at bat than that. It's too bad though he wasn't able to use that momentum to propel him further though.