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Dave Rader


Inducted February 12, 1987

Football lost a quarterback but Baseball gained a talented catcher when Dave Rader, once the QB at South High, decided he liked baseball better and went from high school into the pro ranks. Rader grew up as a Dodger fan, listening to Vin Scully, but it was their arch-rivals, the Giants, who made him a first-round draft choice and signed him. After three minor league seasons, Rader, in his first full major-league campaign, 1972, was runner-up as National League rookie-of-the-year. After four seasons at Candlestick Park, he began a gypsy trail which saw him with four different teams the next four seasons, the Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies and Red Sox. In his last season, 1980, he batted .328 as a pinch-hitter and backup catcher for Boston.