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From BR Bullpen
Loren Dale Mitchell
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.
- School University of Oklahoma
- Debut September 15, 1946
- Final Game September 26, 1956
- Born August 23, 1921 in Colony, OK USA
- Died January 5, 1987 in Tulsa, OK USA
 Biographical Information
One of baseball's greatest contact hitters during his career, Dale Mitchell had a .312 lifetime batting average in 11 years of major league play. During his seven full seasons as a regular, Mitchell hit .300 or better six times. He was a key player on the 1948 World Series champion Cleveland Indians and made the All Star team in 1949 and 1952 and had a very high career on-base-percentage of nearly 37 percent.
Born in Oklahoma, Mitchell was a legendary player at the University of Oklahoma, where he set records for highest single-season batting average (.507) and highest college career batting average (.467) that still stand. Prior to his major league career, he worked for the Oklahoma Natural Gas Company along with future minor league star Joe Bauman, delivering bills. Turning pro, Mitchell hit .337 for Oklahoma City in 1946.
Signed by the Indians as a free agent in 1946, he was up the same season hitting .432 in 11 games. The next year (1947), as a rookie, he hit .316 with 10 triples. His batting average was good for # 6 in the league.
In his time as a regular player, Mitchell only once hit under .300, and that was when he hit .290 in 1951. He was in the top 5 in the league in batting average in 1948, 1949, and 1952. He didn't have much power, getting only 41 home runs in a career of more than 1100 games. A pure contact hitter, he almost never struck out (only 119 career strikeouts in nearly 4000 at-bats)-- easily one of the best ratios in history. In fact, during 7 seasons with at least 500 official at-bats, Mitchell struck out only 108 times for an amazing average of only 15 per year.
Toward the end of his career he became a pinch hitter, perhaps because his range in the outfield, never great, seemed to be slipping.
In July 1956, the Brooklyn Dodgers bought Mitchell from the Indians. He finished out his career at age 34 hitting .292 for the Dodgers for the rest of the 1956 season. Despite his stellar career his last M.L. at-bat was easily his most significant and memorable, when he was called out on strikes as a pinch hitter as the final out of the1956 World Series, in the perfect game pitched by Don Larsen. Dale claimed the called third strike was actually a ball. Since Mitchell had great strike-zone awareness and almost never struck out, he was arguably right.
The University of Oklahoma team has played in the L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park since 1982.
 Notable Achievements
- 2-time AL All-Star (1949 & 1952)
- AL At Bats Leader (1949)
- AL Hits Leader (1949)
- 2-time AL Singles Leader (1948 & 1949)
- AL Triples Leader (1949)
- 200 Hits Seasons: 2 (1948 & 1949)
- Won a World Series with the Cleveland Indians in 1948