Dave Hamilton

Dave Hamilton

David (Dave) Hamilton is a 1966 graduate of Edmonds High. He was a left handed pitcher who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for nine consecutive years. He was a 5th round MLB Draft pick in 1966 and spent six seasons in the Oakland Athletics farm system before being called up in May, 1972. He became part of the early 1970s Athletics famous Mustache Gang and won his first MLB game on May 29, 1972. Along with fellow team mates, Reggie Jackson, Vida Blue, Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Denny McLain, Rollie Fingers and more, Dave was part of three consecutive World Series championships with the Athletics (1972, 73 and 74).

As a starter in 1972, he had a 6-6 win loss record and boasted a 2.93 ERA. As a left handed reliever, Dave’s 1979 3.79 ERA was best on the team. In 1975, he was part of a trade with the Chicago White Sox where he worked as the White Sox closer and then a set-up pitcher for the 1977 White Sox South Side Hitmen, one of the most popular teams in White Sox history. From Chicago, Dave went on to pitch for Pittsburg and then St. Louis in 1978 before returning to the Athletics for the ‘79 and ‘80 seasons.

After retiring from MLB in 1980, he remained connected to baseball coaching the California High Grizzlies of San Ramon, CA to an East Bay Athletic League championship.