John Wockenfuss

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John Wockenfuss, a four-sport star at Dickinson High School, was a 42nd round free agent draft pick of the Washington Senators in 1967.  He got his shot at the majors seven years later when
he was called up by the Detroit Tigers in 1974. Once there, he played I0 years,  then two more with the Phillies before retiring in 1985. He compiled a .262 batting average and played every
position except pitcher and third base. In 1974, he was picked Delaware’s Athlete of the Year. The popular Wockenfuss returned to the Detroit organization as a minor league manager after his playing
career ended, and moved rapidly up the ladder from Class A to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. He was released after only 24 games of the 1990 season. He later held the managing helm of the Carolina
Mudcats, a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate in the Double-A Southern League. “There were a lot of blockades along the way” Wokenfuss said, “But I was “just too stubborn to give up”. “My dad always taught
me that you can not replace hustle”. John, who saw action in the Wilmington semi-pro league, remains an excellent role model and instructor for young athletes.

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