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Dave Kingman
Post-MLB Career


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Trading Cards
11990 Pacific Card #164
1990 Pacific
#164

1990 Pacific Baseball Legends Card #87
1990 Pacific Legends
#87

1990 Smokey The Bear USC Trojans Legends Card #7
1990 USC Trojans Legends
#7

1992 Action Packed Legends Card #56
1992 Action Packed
Legends #56

1994 Upper Deck Heroes
1994 Upper Deck Heroes


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Notes & Press Clippings
- Not offered a contract by the Oakland A's after the 1986 season and no other Major League Team seemed to need a player who hit 35 Home Runs and knocked in 94 RBI.
- Offered a minor league contract by the San Francisco Giants, and played for the AAA Phoenix Firebirds briefly before officially retiring.
- Played First Base in the Senior Professional Baseball League for the West Palm Beach Tropics in 1989.
- On August 7, 1998, Steve Lyons did a short "Where are they Now" piece about Dave on the Fox Sports Net program "Rewind". The show had a profile of Cleveland Indian Jim Thome, whose favorite player was Dave. The information quoted in the Kingman piece came from this web site and "Rewind" was kind enough to post the web address.
- Currently, Dave is enjoying his retirement with his family and lives in the western U.S. He wants his fans to know that he is an avid fisherman and hunter (bird and big game). So if you have any tips on good fishing or hunting areas (land owners, secret hot spots, favorite spots, etc.) particularly on the West Coast (CA, OR, WA)-- drop him a line.
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Kingman Set to Join Giants Farm Club
Chicago Sun-Times Wires
1987
Former Cubs slugger Dave Kingman, 58 home runs shy of the 500 mark, will sign a contract with the Class AAA Phoenix Firebirds in hopes of returning to the big leagues.
Kingman, 38, reported to the team Saturday night and said he would work out twice a day in preparation for being ready to play. "in a matter of days." Phoenix manager Wendell Kim said he planned to use Kingman as a designated hitter for the Pacific Coast League team, which is the top affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Officials said Kingman would sign a contract when he is ready to be activated.
"My goal right now is to get in some playing time back in the major leagues," Kingman said. "I'm only a few [home runs] away from 500 and I think that's the mark I'm after.
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excerpt of Interview with Larry Davis, Trainer for the Oakland Athletics
By Sega Sports
Late 1990's

Q: Give us an example of one of your favorite players?
A: My favorite player was Dave Kingman.

Q: Any special reason?
A: Dave Kingman was one of the first players who really appreciated a lot of the little things we do. But, you know there's been a lot of great players. Dennis Eckersly was a great guy. Steve McCatty was a great guy. There's been a lot them. But Kingman would do really nice things. One time I was repairing some glasses. I had one of those little cruddy eyeglass repair kits, and he said, You need a better screwdriver than that. I said, Well this is what I have. No big deal. So he finds a Brookstone, or whatever that store is, and the next day he comes in with a new toolkit for me, like the kind jewelers use. He did stuff like that all the time.
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Kong
By Jeff Reiter, Tribune News
July 8, 1997
An article about the web site appeared in Tribune News, the Tribune Co. Employee Newspaper in the July 8, 1997 issue.
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McGwire Legend Grows in Season-Long Home Run Derby (excerpt)
By STEVE WILSTEIN, AP
August 19, 1998
...But there's something breathlessly exciting about watching a ball launched off McGwire's bat.
"American's love power," McGwire says. "Big cars, Big trucks, Big People. Baseball fans have always been drawn to the home run and the guy throwing close to 100 mph. That's what they want to come and see."
"I remember as a kid I always wanted to go see Mike Schmidt or Dave Kingman, or Nolan Ryan and Frank Tanana. It's like going to see golfers, John Daly when he came in and was hitting over 300, then Tiger. Not everybody can do that."...

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Caught in The Web:
Web sites devoted to baseball players run the gamut from the ridiculous to the subliminal

By STEVE RUSHIN, Sports Illustrated
May 1999
(Note: at the beginning of the column, the author slams Albert Belle's web site because he's a jerk and he slams a Steve Garvey site because of his off-the-field affairs.)
Ty Cobb, Steve Carlton, (Barry) Bonds and (Kevin) Brown are among other ornery cusses who have had their images burnished--their skeleton closets refurnished--on the Internet. Among the contributors to these pages are enabling fans, cyber-stalking groupies, memorabilia profiteers and the athletes themselves. A home run hitter who once gave a rat to a female reporter is pictured as an adorable baby in a photo posted on the Official Dave Kingman Site; visitors to www.reggiejackson.com will see a leering Mr. october surrounded by endearing Mr. Octobears, stuffed animals that can be yours if you call a toll-free number. (have your major credit card handy.)
(At the end of the column, the author slams a fan's Darryl Strawberry web site because Darryl's a criminal.)
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Other Photos & Clippings
1987 Dave & Dog Logan

1987 Phoenix Firebirds At Bat

1987 Firebirds - Playing 1B
(Courtesy
Bob Koppel)

1987 Firebirds - Being interviewed
(Courtesy
Bob Koppel)

1989 Tropics - Candid
(Courtesy
Bob Koppel)

1989 Tropics - Batting Bat
(Courtesy
Bob Koppel)

1990 Sports Illustrated Photo


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Press excerpts Copyright Chicago Sun-Times, Associated Press, Sports Illustrated

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