Dave Concepcion

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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.


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On May 11, 1985, Dave Concepcion became the 4th Cincinnati Red teammate to get 2,000 hits. Other players include Pete Rose, Tony Perez and Cesar Cedeno.

David Ismael Concepcion Benitez, better known as Dave Concepcion, was born on June 17, 1948 in Ocumare de la Costa, Aragua State, Venezuela. He was signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent in 1967. Concepcion made his debut on April 6, 1970, later to become one of Cincinnati baseball’s more popular shortstops. He perfected the one-bounce throw to first base on the astroturf. Originally drafted as a pitcher, he was famous for a great throwing arm. 

In 1974, Concepcion enjoyed his best overall season, batting .281, with 14 HR, 82 RBI, as well as winning his first Gold Glove Award. By 1975, Concepcion joined Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Ken Griffey, George Foster and Cesar Geronimo in the famous “Great Eight” staring lineup of The Big Red Machine that would lead the Reds to win the next two World Series titles.

Concepcion played for the Reds from 1970-1988, with his final game being on September 15, 1988. On August 25, 2007, the Cincinnati Reds retired jersey number 13 in honor of Concepcion’s contributions to the team.

“They way he helped us, the way he played the game, on offense and defense. He played shortstop for us and he could run very well. He helped us in lots of ways. I [saw] a lot of shortstops in my career, and Davey was one of the best. He ranks right up there with the best.” -  Tony Perez.

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