Dave Gallagher has spent his life dedicating his time to two things: his family and baseball. When not at home with is family, Dave can most likely 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.
After seven years of developing and refining his skills in the minor league ranks, Dave made his Major League debut on April 12, 1987 versus the Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Stadium. Batting eighth and playing centerfield, Dave went hitless in his first taste of big league action. One month later, Dave was traded to the Seattle Mariners and finished the season in AAA. Seattle released him following the conclusion of the 1987 season and was eventually signed as a free agent by the Chicago White Sox that December. Not to be deterred, Dave finished 5th in the Rookie Of The Year voting in 1988 as a member of the White Sox with a .303 average and a perfect 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 fiedling percentage (currently top 10 all-time), while only committing NINE errors during his time in the bigs. His final Major League game was played on October 2, 1995 as a member of the California Angells.
Since his final game, Dave has held numerous positions within the game of baseball. For two seasons, Dave held the position of hitting coach for the Trenton Thunder (Boston Red Sox AA affiliate). Later, he went on to become the head baseball coach for Notre Dame High School (Lawrenceville, NJ) for one season until he transitioned to the college game at his alma mater, Mercer County Community College. During his 3-year stint at MCCC, Dave led the team to the NJCAA Wolrd Series in 2000, a plateau he also reached while playing with Mercer during the 1980 season. Dave stepped down from the helm at Mercer following the conclusionof the 2002 season to dedicate more of his time to his young children and family.
Following his decision to resign from MCCC, Dave opened the doors of the Dave Gallagher Baseball Academy and has been mentoring youth and amateur baseball players ever since. Dave is a true 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 Ripkin Jr., Robin Ventura, Howard Johnson, and Dwight Gooden among others.
Dave's passion is baseball and he enjoys working with players of all levels—teaching the game and watching players take their talents to the highest attainable levels. Alongside working with young kids, Dave has been an alumni representative for Major League Baseball's Rookie Career Development Program the last dozen years—a program MLB teams send their top MiLB prospects to for a four-day gathering in which players get to know each other and learn about life in the big leagues. Dave is a competitor who worked hard year after year to compete at the highest levels of the game. His love of and commitment to baseball continues with his academy teams and private lessons. Let Dave help your son make the most of his baseball abilities.