Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cookeville Resident Inducted Into Hall of Fame

South Carolina's Winthrop College will induct five former student-athletes into the 2010 class of the Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame. The induction dinner and ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday in McBryde Hall on campus. The inductees include Carl Dale of Cookeville. Dale was the first Winthrop baseball player to reach the major leagues. The right-handed pitcher was drafted following his junior year at Winthrop. He was taken in the second round of the 1994 Major League Baseball draft as the 53rd overall pick by the Oakland Athletics. He was called up by the A’s but didn’t make his big league debut until 1999 for the Milwaukee Brewers. But he tells the Rock Hill, S.C. Herald, “Just getting there and hearing your name called over the PA was great.” Dale ranks among Winthrop’s finest in five career pitching categories: wins (22), games started (39), complete games (21), strikeouts (236), innings pitched (280 1-3). Today, Dale works in the maintenance department at Tennesee Tech in his hometown of Cookeville. He coaches a Babe Ruth team and gives baseball lessons.