Mike Dunne (baseball)

Michael Dennis Dunne[citation needed] (born October 27, 1962 in South Bend, Indiana)[citation needed] is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the major leagues from 1987-1990 and in 1992. He was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team.

Mike Dunne
Born: (1962-10-27) October 27, 1962 (age 57)
South Bend, Indiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 5, 1987, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1992, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record25–30
Earned run average4.08
Mike Dunne
Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's Baseball
Summer Olympics
Silver medal – second place 1984 Los Angeles Team


He played baseball at Limestone Community High School and Bradley University.[1] He was named 1984 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and graduated from Bradley with a Bachelor in Science in 1985.[2]

As part of the United States team in baseball at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, he pitched two innings against Italy; the U.S. won the game, 16 to 1.[1]

On June 4, 1984, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft, and signed with them. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with outfielder Andy Van Slyke and catcher Mike LaValliere for catcher Tony Peña on April 1, 1987 before he could pitch in a big league game for the Redbirds. He made his major league debut on June 5, 1987, starting against the New York Mets and Dwight Gooden.[citation needed]

Dunne had a fine rookie season with the Pirates, going 13-6 with a 3.03 ERA and allowing just 143 hits in 164 innings. Those numbers led to him finishing second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. On April 21, 1989, he was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with minor leaguer Mark Merchant and Mike Walker to the Seattle Mariners for Rey Quiñones and Bill Wilkinson.[citation needed]

Injuries then hampered much of the rest of his career. He was dealt to Seattle Mariners, and later pitched for the San Diego Padres and the Chicago White Sox. His last big league game was in 1992 for the White Sox.[citation needed]

Dunne's big league career covered five years and he finished with a 25-30 record and a 4.08 ERA. He pitched in 85 games, 76 of them as a starter, allowed 471 hits in 474 innings, fanned 205 and walked 225.[citation needed] [3]

Dunne became a coach at Bradley University in 2000[1] and has also coached youth baseball and basketball.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Duvall, Adam (2016-07-29). "1984 Olympian Mike Dunne hopes baseball will return permanently to the Games". PJStar.com. GateHouse Media. Archived from the original on 2016-07-29. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  2. ^ a b "Mike Dunne". Peoria, Illinois: Bradley University. Archived from the original on 2018-07-29. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  3. ^ "Mike Dunne Stats". Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2019-11-06. Retrieved 2019-11-06.

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