Dave Oto
Dave Oto

Event:
Baseball, 1983-85

Hall of Fame Class:
2000



A native of Elk Grove, Ill., Otto was a standout pitcher and designated hitter for MU Hall of Fame Coach Gene McArtor from 1983-85. An all-American DH in 1985, Otto earned all-Big Eight and all-District V honors the same season, hitting 16 home runs that year. He stands fifth on the MU career batting average chart (.366). Also an imposing figure on the mound, Otto stands third in career strikeouts, with 195 in his three-year career. He also co-holds the school record for games started in a season, with 14. Otto was a freshman all-American at Mizzou in 1983, and earned academic all-America honors in both 1984 and 1985. He signed with the Oakland Athletics in 1985, and spent time in the major leagues with the A's in 1988-89-90. Otto was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 1990, and moved into their starting rotation in 1991. He spent 1992 with the Indians as a starter, and then signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1993, for whom he pitched in middle relief, and as an extra starter. He currently resides in Wheaton, Ill., and works with television broadcasts for the Chicago Cubs.

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