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Dave Kingman
1969-70 USC Trojans

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USC Trojans Legends Card #7
Smokey the Bear
USC Legends #7

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College Notes & Press Clippings
- Attended Harper Junior College (Palatine, IL) in 1968, Began his career at USC in 1969 as a Sophomore.
- Drafted in the January 1968 secondary phase draft by the Baltimore Orioles, but elected to transfer to USC.
- Majored in Business administration at USC.
- As a Sophomore Pitcher in 1969, Dave wore #18.
- USC had a record of 42-12-1 in 1969 and finished 3rd in Conference (13-8).
- Switched to outfield in 1970 and wore #51.
- In February, 1970 the Trojans played a three game series against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium with each game drawing about 20,000 spectators. In the first game on Feb 13, Dave hit a home run off Joe Moeller. In the 2nd game on Feb 15, Dave went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and 1 run scored. In the 3rd game, played on Feb 18, Dave his 3 doubles off Alan Foster.
- In USC's 13th game of the 1970 season, Dave collided with a teammate and suffered a broken arm and torn ligaments in one leg. He had been hitting .533, but missed 30 games in the 7 weeks he was out and returned April 20.
- Earned Second team All-Pac-8 honors (OF) in 1970.
- Earned First team All-American honors (OF) in 1970.
- Named to the District 8 Topps All-Star Team in 1970.
- Helped lead USC to the NCAA championship in 1970.
- USC had a record of 51-13-1 in 1970 (11-3 in conference).
- San Francisco Giants' 1st selection of the June 1970 Free Agent Player Draft, signed with the Giants by superscout George Genovese and reported to their AA Amarillo team on July 2

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USC wins marathon from Illinois, 17-12
by: HENRY MENDOZA, Press-Enterprise
April 4, 1969
Baseball has become a pitcher's game, right?
Wrong! Ask the University of Southern California and Illinois. The baseball teams from those schools tangled in a 29-run, 29-hit marathon last night at Evans Park.
The USC Trojans won, 17-12.
The victory left USC's defending national champions undefeated atop the Riverside National Collegiate Baseball Tournament standings. The Trojans are 5-0. Illinois' loss was its second of the day and the Illini are now 2-3.
THE OUTCOME was decided in the second inning last night when coach Rod Dedeaux' Trojans erupted for 10 runs to take 13-1 lead.
Dave Kingman, USC's winning pitcher, managed enough of an offense on his own to put Illinois behind early, The hard-throwing righthander belted a pair of home runs in the second inning - one with the bases loaded - to lead the Trojan attack.
Kingman's first homer was deep to left field after Steve Turigliatto opened the inning with a walk. Eight hitters later Kingman came up with the bases full, and ripped his second homer into the middle of the street past both fences in left field. The two blasts gave the pitcher six RBIs, all in one inning.
Until the final inning, it was all USC. Dedeaux had such a comfortable margin he managed to use all the players on his roster. USC went into the ninth inning with its bench empty, leading 17-2.
If the Trojans thought the decision was in, Illinois certainly didn't.
The Illini opened the ninth with two singles, a double, a walk, a triple, another walk, and another single before USC's third pitcher, "Lefty" Freeman, induced Ken Johnson to fly out for the inning's first out. The Illini already had five runs in. Illinois managed five more runs in the inning, but fell short.
Illinois collected 12 hits altogether - eight of them in the 10-run ninth.
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Prospect of the Year
February 20, 1970
Can't Miss: Rod Dedeaux, the Trojan baseball coach, apparently has done it again. He switched promising pitcher Dave Kingman to the outfield prior to the start of this season.
Kingman, a 6-6 and 210-pound right-hander, was a sharp enough pitching prospect last year (11-5) as a sophomore, but he seems to be an even greater prospect as an outfielder. He drilled a tape measure homer (estimated at 486 feet) in USC's opener against the Crowley All-Stars last week and then belted two doubles and a single in three at-bats during a 4-0 win over the Dodgers last Sunday.
One way or another, pitcher or outfielder, there's no doubt about one thing. Kingman is definitely the prospect of the year in college baseball--a genuine natural.
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Link Seen from Ruth to Kingman
USC Turns Pitcher Into Top Slugger

AP wire
February 22, 1970
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Once there was a young man who pitched for the Boston Red Sox. He probably would have been one of basebau's all-time great hurlers - except that he wound up in the New York Yankees outfield as the game's greatest Slugger.
That, of course, was Babe Ruth. Now there's Dave Kingman. It's a bit early to start making such incredible comparisons - but there is a bit of similarity between the early days of the Babe and Kingman's collegiate activities.
Before coming to the The University of Southern California, Kingman pitched for his Mt. Prospect , Ill., high school team. He said goodbye in a most exciting way - with a two-hitter on the mound and four home runs at the plate.
Good Credentials
Then, as a sophomore at USC last year, Kingman fanned 88 batters in 85 innings, had an impressive 114 record and un-loaded four homers in only 32 at-bats.
Coach Rod Dedeaux didn't think twice. He insisted that Kingman's bat was more important than his arm and moved him to the outfield. Kingman recalls he protested when the decision was made three months ago at of spring practice. "I've always wanted to be a pitcher because pitching is really the center of all the action," he says. "To me, playing the outfield was like going out to pasture.
Not Safe
A broken arm and torn knee in an outfield collision didn't help matters, keeping him out of 30 of the Trojans' 57 games.
But Kingman hasn't wasted any time when he has played. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound junior is batting .430 and has seven homers and 12 doubles - including one round-tripper and three two baggers in exhibitions against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He really flexed his muscles in last weekend's Pacific-8 Conference tournament, picking up two homers, three doubles and five runs batted in for 13 at-bats. He also threw two runners out at home and was named the tourney's most valuable player as USC won the Pac-8 crown.
Western Showdown
Now - he leads the Trojans against Santa Clara today and Saturday in a best-of-three series at Southern Cal. The winner will earn the Western berth in the College World Series.
"He could be a super-hitter in the majors," says Dedeaux. "He's the most exciting hitter I've ever coached." That's no small compliment. Dedeaux is finishing his 29th season at USC and has sent more than 100 players toward the majors. Kingman will have to decide next month whether to remain in college or head for the pros when the major leagues conduct their annual draft.
"It's going to be a tough decision," he says. "I don't know what I'll do yet. If I sign, I can always stay in school in the winter months."
Then, reflecting on his prowess at the plate, Kingman grinned and said: "The coach feels I'm a hitter - and, you know, I'm beginning to agree with him."
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Dedeaux High on Kingman
Los Angeles Times excerpt
May 22, 1970
...The good news is that Dave Kingman is back in peak form after being sidelined seven weeks with a fractured arm, result of an outfield collision.
Prior to his injury, Kingman had one fantastic streak of 11 straight hits--featuring four homers and four doubles, with three of the doubles coming off Alan Foster of the Dodgers. Dedeaux: "Kingman is the most exciting hitter I've ever coached." That's a mouthful.
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Southern Cal Wins Crown
AP Wire
May 24, 1970
Southern California defeated UCLA, 7-1, Saturday to take the Pacific 8 baseball title and move into a three-game series against the winner of the Santa Clara-Long Beach State tangle to determine the team to represent the West in the NCAA finals.
Trojan rightfielder Dave Kingman slammed a two-run homer in the top of the first inning.
Kingman was voted the most valuable player of the three-day series, in which he batted .462 with two home runs and three doubles.
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Ex-Pitcher Kingman Hottest Slugger in College Baseball
by: JEFF PRUGH, Los Angeles Times
May 28, 1970
Dave Kingman always was a pretty good pitcher for a hitter.
Which made him sort of a dilemma, if a pleasant one for his coaches.
There was the afternoon back home in Mt. Prospect, Ill., for instance, when he pitched a two-hitter in his farewell high school game and smashed four home runs.
And there was last spring, Kingman's sophomore year on the USC varsity, when he compiled an 11-4 record and averaged better than one strikeout per inning. He also hit four homers--in only 32 times at bat!
It became obvious to his coach, Rod Dedeaux, that Kingman should be playing the outfield EVERY day, instead of sitting on the bench between pitching assignments.
Rather Pitch
But Kingman said he'd rather pitch than fight fly balls.
"I've always wanted to be a pitcher," he said, "because pitching is really the center of all the action. To me, playing the outfield was like going out to the pasture."
Dedeaux, however, insisted on performing a "Great Experiment" when practice opened three months ago. He converted Kingman into a right fielder to get more mileage out of his bat.
The upshot has been an "experiment in terror" for enemy pitchers.
Kingman may well be the hottest slugger in collegiate baseball at the moment, despite having missed 20 games with a broken arm and torn knee suffered in an outfield collision.
He is batting .430, has belted seven homers including one in an exhibition game off the Dodgers' Joe Moeller and 12 doubles including three off the Dodgers' Alan Foster.
Then there was the pacific 8 tournament last week, when he batted 6-for-13 (including two homers, three doubles and five RBI), used his shotgun right arm to throw out two UCLA baserunners and was voted Most Valuable Player.
Amazingly, he carries a slugging average (number of bases per time at bat) of .837, and the explosion has elicited nothing but superlatives from Dedeaux
"He could be a super hitter in the majors," says the Trojan coach, who will send his team (45-12) against Santa Clara (41-14) in the best-of-three NCAA District 8 playoffs Friday and Saturday afternoons at Bovard Field.
"He's the most exciting hitter I've ever coached...he could command the biggest bonus ever paid a first-year professional."
Perhaps Kingman's most conspicuous attribute is his size, if not his power.
He is big enough (5-5, 225) to be a star pass-catcher (which he was in high scholl) and an all-star center in basketball (which he also was).
If Kingman has a weakness at the plate, it is the offspeed pitches, low and inside.
"That's what they all try to throw me," he said. "I can hit any king of fastball, so I work extra hard on the slow stuff, the changeups and the curves, which the coach tells me to hit up the middle. I try to pull all the fastballs.
Kingman, 21, was born in Pendleton, Ore., and was introduced to baseball by his father, an airline charter flight planner who moved the family (including an older sister) to Denver, Los Angeles and to Mt. Prospect in suburban Chicago.
Kingman was drafted out of high school in 1967 by the Angels and was later picked in a special-phase draft by Baltimore, but he always wanted to return West to play for USC ("The best baseball in the world is played on the West Coast'".
Next month, the choice between pro baseball--and a continuation in college--will be confronted by Kingman again when the major leagues hold their draft.
"It's going to be a tough decision," said kingman, a business administration major. "I don't know what I'll do yet."
But in the meantime, the "Great Experiment" of Rod Dedeaux will likely continue to be a smashing success, possibly in the College World Series at Omaha.
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Kingman the King of Slug
by: JOE HENDRICKSON, Los Angeles Times
May 28, 1970
SAN FRANCISCO -- Just a few miles down the peninsula from Candlestick is located the campus of the Santa Clara Broncos. I mention this because Santa Clara remains in the way of another return by Rod Dedeaux and the USC Trojans to the National collegiate baseball tournament which will be held as usual in Omaha. USC and Santa Clara will clash in a weekend series on Bovard Field, a double elimination affair to name the West's NCAA entry.
Dedeaux is quite a manipulator as well as being a fine coach. He lured the Pac Eight conference playoff tournament to his friendly Bovard confines, and now the coast playoffs will be held there. Despite the Dodger record of 12-14 at home this year, it helps to play on your own field, and surely the Trojans will be heavy favorites to oust Santa Clara, a 16-5 loser to the Trojans earlier in the year.
Santa Clara has an 8-7 exhibition victory over the San Francisco Giants to its credit, a triumph attained just last week. But the Giants used a patched-up lineup that day, so nobody around here is ready to propose that Horace Stoneham replace his present personnel with the Broncos. The Trojans, too, hold a victory over the Dodgers or at least some kind of a facsimile of the Dodgers. That win came during the winter when Dedeaux invaded Dodger Stadium and bumped off a collection of hopefuls Tommy LaSorda put into Dodger uniforms.
This game did Introduce a Trojan name to the fans, however-Dave Kingman-who may become a great batting star In the major leagues. Kingman was lacing hits off the Dodger fences all afternoon and, when uninjured, he has been operating the same kind of one-man wrecking crew operations in Trojan games.
Last weekend in the Pac Eight meet, Kingman hit three doubles and two home runs. His average for the year is .430. In 96 times at bat, he has 37 hits, 12 of them doubles, one triple and seven homers. He has 23 RBI and has scored 21 times himself. Dedeaux calls Kingman "one of the most exciting college hitters I have seen." Dedeaux predicted Kingman can become a superstar in the majors with Frank Howard-like power. This is quite a tribute to a fine collegiate hitter, although there is a hitch. Kingman suffered a broken arm shortly after the Trojan season began - and he is just getting back into action.
The Dodgers are pulling for their friend, Dedeaux, and surely Dodger management would like to land Kingman someday. However, these are days of the draft - and it would be pure luck if Kingman wound up in a Dodger uniform. One thing looks certain: He is the type the Dodgers have been looking for.
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Manager of a high minor
by: PETER CARRY, Sports Illustrated (excerpt)
June 15, 1970
...But the best Southern Cal player may be junior Dave Kingman, an 11-4 pitcher last year who batted too well, Dedeaux thought, to play only once a week. Kingman stands 6'6" and is the only non-Californian among USC's regulars. before he broke an arm in the team's 13th game, he was batting .533. Among his hits was his longest home run which he cracked off Dodger Pitcher Joe Moeller. "Dave has wanted to be a pitcher all his life and he was hesitant about moving to the outfield," says Dedeaux. "But I thold him he has a chance to be a great one--I mean somebody like Musial or Mays or Aaron--and he changed. He may have more potential than any hitter I've coached."
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