Subject(s): Dave McNally
Location: Billings Mustangs, Dehler Park, Billings, CO
Sculptor: Bill Rains
Status: In Situ
Plaque 1: DAVE McNALLY
Plaque 2: DAVE McNALLY. Born October 31, 1942, Dave first made his mark in baseball on the legendary Lissa Little League field in Billings. From there he went on to be a member of some of the greatest of coach Ed Bayne’s Post 4 Legion teams. Dave’s teams twice advanced to the Legion World Series including his senior year when the team played in the championship game and he recorded an 18-1 record. The Baltimore Orioles signed him after that season and he went on to have an illustrious 18 year career in major league baseball. He was best known for being one of the gutsiest and best clutch pitchers of his time. In 1975, Dave and Andy Messersmith changed the face of baseball forever when they won their lawsuit for free agency. After retiring, he moved back to Billings with his wife Jean to raise their five children; Jeff, Pam, Susan, Anne & Mike. Dave had as much success in his life after baseball as co-owner of Archie Cochrane Ford, an active member of the Billings business community, volunteer and donor to many charities and causes, and as a wonderful father and grandfather. He died December 1, 2002 in Billings. BASEBALL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS. 1962 – In his major league debut, at age 19, pitched a 2-hit shutout against the Kansas City Athletics. 1966 – Pitched a 1-0 shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete a 4-game sweep in the World Series. 1968-1971 – 4 consecutive 20-win seasons with career highs of 202 strikeouts and a 1.95 era in 1968, 17 consecutive wins 1968-69, 24 wins in 1970 and .808 winning percentage in 1971 (21-5). Second in the Cy Young voting in 1970 and was one of four Oriole 20-game winners in 1971. All-Star – 1969, 1970, and 1972. Post-Season – Career 7-4 record and an amazing 2.49 era combined for all playoff and World Series games. In 1970, Dave hit a grand-slam home run to become the only pitcher to do so in a World Series game – a record which still stands today. 1975 – Retired with a career record of 184-119 and a career era of 3.24.