(Three Oaks, MI) - A former major league baseball pitcher was in Three Oaks
over the weekend.
Dave Gumpert pitched two years each for the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers and one year
for the Kansas City Royals during the 1980’s.
He says the first batter he faced in the big leagues grounded into a double play to
end the game.
Gumpert, 61, was at the Biggest Little Baseball Museum where he signed autographs and
engaged in chit chat with dozens of people strolling into the museum on the second floor of
the public library.
Gumpert is from South Haven, Michigan.
Former major leaguer and former longtime minor league manager Dave Machemer was also there.
Machemer, who played 29 games in parts of big league seasons mostly at second base, is from the
St. Joseph/Benton Harbor area.