There are a lot of interesting things of note about a sometimes unheralded member of “The Big Red Machine,” Dave Concepcion.
- Played his entire 19 year career as a Cincinnati Red
- Was originally drafted as a pitcher but was converted to shortstop
- Pitched in one game of his major league career – June 3, 1988 against the Dodgers. Concepcion threw 22 pitches in 1.1 innings of relief. Sixteen of the twenty-two were strikes.
- Elected to the All Star team nine times
- Five time Gold Glove winner
- The Venezuelan born Concepcion was a big influence on younger Venezuelan players, including Ozzie Guillen, who wore # 13 in his honor.
But there’s one more interesting fact that you might not know about. Concepcion was the first player to utilize the one bounce throw to first. Concepcion realized that he could use the speed of the turf to his advantage and worked with Tony Perez to perfect this innovative throwing technique.