Dave Gallagher has spent his life dedicating his time to two things: his family and baseball. When not at home with his family, Dave can mostly be found on or around a baseball diamond. Having played 17 years of professional baseball and 9 of those years as a Major Leaguer, Dave Gallagher stands apart from the crowd. Originally drafted by the Oakland Athletics as the 3rd overall pick in the 1980 January Draft- Regular Phase, Dave became the highest drafted player ever out of the state of New Jersey. He was later drafted and signed by the Cleveland Indians in the 1980 MLB June draft- Secondary Phase (8th overall) and spent his first season in Batavia of the New York- Penn League. Dave made his Major League debut on April 12th, 1987 versus the Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Stadium. In 1988, Dave finished 5th in the Rookie of the Year voting as a member of the Chicago White Sox with a .303 average and a 1.000 fielding percentage. All told, Dave played for 7 Major League teams (Indians, White Sox, Orioles, Angels, Mets, Braves and Phillies) during his 9 year career, three times finishing with more walks than strikeouts in a season. Furthermore, throughout Dave’s minor league career, he finished with 414 walks to only 352 strikeouts, an impeccable feat of bat control. Dave also finished his Major League career with a .993 fielding percentage ( currently top 5 all- time), while only committing NINE errors during his time in the bigs. His final Major League game was played on October 2nd, 1995 as a member of the California Angels.
Dave is a huge ambassador to baseball and his depth of knowledge for the game is unparalleled. Having learned under such hitting coaches as Bobby Bonds and Charlie Manuel, Dave’s comprehension is vast. His teammates have included the likes of Dave Winfield, Ozzie Guillan, Carlton Fisk, Bobby Bonilla, Eddie Murray, Willie Randolph, David Cone, Sid Fernandez, John Franco, Cal Ripken Jr., Robin Ventura, Howard Johnson, and Dwight Gooden among others.
Dave has also been an alumni representative for Major League Baseball’s Rookie Career Development Program the last 17 years- a program MLB teams send their top prospects to for a four- day gathering in which players get to know each other and learn about life in the big leagues.