Sheboygan A's Baseball

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Don Diener P

Bats R
Throws R
Hometown WI

Don Diener, who threw beer kegs around during the day and baseballs at night will become the 24th member of the Sheboygan A’s Hall of Fame. The club’s Hall of Fame Committee elected the right-handed pitcher at its fall meeting.

Diener was a reliable and dedicated member of the club in its early years, playing from 1967 through 1975.

Stingy with hits, allowing only 289 in 330 innings pitched, he compiled a 23-15 record with a 3.46 earned run average. His best years were 1969 (4-2, 2.81 earned run average with 56 strikeouts in 57 innings) and 1970 (8-2, 2.71).

In addition to his primary duty as a starting pitcher, Diener also played outfield. He hit .353 in 18 games helping the 1971 team reach the quarterfinals of the NBC State Tournament and hit .400 in 17 games in 1972.

“When you take into account how draining his day job was – driving that beer truck and hauling half-barrels up and down stairs – Donny gave us some great performances. I still remember some super outings he had at Two Rivers and at Wausau,” general manager Denny Moyer said.

“The big thing is that in addition to being a real contributor, he was one guy you could always count on. If Chuck (Zeichert, A’s manager in those years) had to go someplace with nine guys, Diener was always one of them. Plus he had that hearty laugh. He always kept us loose, I’ll certainly say that,” Moyer said.

“I’m surprised. I had no thoughts of ever being considered, but I’m happy and honored,” Diener said. “I’m grateful to the committee for selecting me. It really is an honor to be included with the great players in the Hall of Fame. I never thought I would be there, but I’m sure happy about it.”

Diener resides in Sheboygan with his wife Kim. He is the publisher of Savings Plus magazine.

Career Hitting Stats

Year GP PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SO SF SH SB CS AVG OBP
1974 Season 5 12 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.500
1973 Season 16 43 33 6 6 1 0 0 0 8 0 5 2 0 0 0 0.182 0.326
1972 Season 17 29 25 5 10 1 0 0 5 4 0 9 0 0 0 0 0.400 0.483
1971 Season 18 37 34 5 12 1 0 0 5 2 0 6 1 0 0 0 0.353 0.378
1970 Season 17 45 38 7 8 0 0 0 7 6 0 6 1 0 0 0 0.211 0.311
1969 Season 27 71 57 13 16 1 0 0 4 7 2 13 3 0 2 0 0.281 0.352
1968 Season 25 72 64 11 13 0 1 0 3 7 1 12 0 0 2 0 0.203 0.292
1967 Season 18 62 61 4 9 0 0 0 3 1 0 15 0 0 1 0 0.148 0.161
TOTALS 143 371 318 0 74 4 1 0 27 41 3 68 7 0 5 0 0.233 0.318

Career Pitching Stats

Year GP GS CG IP H HR R ER BB SO W L S ERA
1975 Season 1 0 0 2.0 4 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 0 13.50
1974 Season 3 1 0 11.0 13 2 7 6 4 9 0 0 0 4.91
1973 Season 4 0 0 5.2 4 0 6 1 3 5 0 0 0 1.59
1972 Season 8 6 1 31.1 37 2 32 17 17 21 2 2 0 4.88
1971 Season 14 9 2 59.1 47 4 42 18 34 46 4 5 0 2.73
1970 Season 14 9 3 73.0 55 3 36 22 40 53 8 2 0 2.71
1969 Season 12 8 0 57.2 44 0 35 18 35 56 4 2 0 2.81
1968 Season 14 10 2 68.0 51 2 46 24 43 63 4 4 0 3.18
TOTALS 70 43 8 308.0 255 13 207 109 178 255 22 15 0 3.21