Baseball fans, come meet Dave and Dave at the Biggest Little Baseball Museum



Dave Machemer

Area baseball fans have a unique opportunity to visit about America’s pastime with two former Major League players who hail from this area.  They are both named Dave, and you can enjoy their thoughts on baseball beginning at noon EST (11 a.m. La Porte time) on Saturday, March 7 at the Biggest Little Baseball Museum, located in the historic Three Oaks Township Library at 3 North Elm Street in Three Oaks, Mich.

Dave Machemer (Benton Harbor and St. Joe) has had a full career in baseball.  He played in the Minor Leagues for eleven years, made it to the majors for parts of two seasons, and was a highly regarded Minor League manager for twenty- three seasons.  He is currently a scout for the Baltimore Orioles.  On June 21, 1978, Mac homered in his first major league at bat, joining an exclusive club of Major League players.

Dave Gumpert (South Haven) continued his baseball career at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, and made his Major League debut on July 5, 1982.  The following season he was named the Tiger organizations Rookie of the Year.  Dave pitched for the Tigers, the Chicago Cubs, and the Kansas City Royals in his five year Major League career.  He then returned to the area, and coached baseball at Bloomingdale before becoming Athletic Director at his alma matter, South Haven.  He remains active in his community, and assists the girls’ softball program there.

Admission is free, and the first 30 attendees will receive a free autographed card from one of the Daves.

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