Promising Dale Alderson

Dale Alderson was a promising right handed pitcher in high school and college. Signed by the Chicago Cubs out of Upper Iowa University where he was a three-sport athlete, his first professional assignment was with the Zanesville Cubs in Class C ball.

Alderson’s pitching record was only 4-6 for the Middle Atlantic League team, but in the 10Image games he pitched in he allowed only 17 earned runs, giving him a 1.89 ERA.

Sent to Nashville for 1943, he accumulated a 13-7 record but his ERA ballooned to 3.51. One of the highlights of the season for Alderson occurred on August 22nd when he earned his twelfth win by tossing a two-hitter at Sulphur Dell in the Vols 5-0 win over Knoxville in the nightcap of a doubleheader.

On September 15, the Chicago Cubs called Alderson up, where at the age of 25 he found himself pitching for the major league club.  He was hit pretty hard, allowing 10 earned runs and finished the season with only a loss to show for his four appearances.

Alderson began the 1944 season with Chicago, but after appearing in twelve games with no decisions but with a 6.65 ERA, the Cubs optioned him back to Nashville on July 6th.  He would finish with an 8-4 mark with the Vols, but would not make it back to the majors.

Alderson had enlisted in the Navy but due to a kidney disorder he was rejected for active duty until October and assigned to San Diego.  He remained there until being discharged in October of 1945.

With one more opportunity with the Cubs, Alderson did not fare well and was once again sent to Nashville where he spent 1946.  After finishing with a discouraging 6-8 record and a 4.70 ERA, he retired.

A school teacher during the off-season and high school athletic director at the end of his baseball career, Alderson continued to play semi-pro ball until 1956.

He passed away in 1982 at the age of 63 and is buried in his hometown of Belden, Nebraska.

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