Kerry Dineen

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Kerry Michael Dineen

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Outfielder Kerry Dineen played parts of three seasons in the majors.

Born in New Jersey, Dineen grew up in California before attending the University of San Diego. He hit .409 (a school record) with 15 triples and 77 stolen bases during his college career and played in the 1971 Division II College World Series. Dineen played for the Alaska Goldpanners that won the 1972 National Baseball Congress World Series and was named MVP of the tournament. He helped Team USA win Silver in the 1972 Amateur World Series. He was selected an All-American in 1972 and 1973 and was the first player from the school to play in the big leagues.

Dineen was selected by the New York Yankees in the fourth round of the 1973 amateur draft and made his pro debut that summer with the Oneonta Yankees, hitting .352 in 66 games. He made his major league debut in 1975, hitting .364 in 7 games for New York. He played in 4 games for the Yankees in 1976, the first of which was a May 21st contest against the Boston Red Sox. In that game, just hours after being recalled from the Syracuse Chiefs, he drove in the game-winning run off Jim Willoughby in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Prior to the 1977 season, Dineen was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies for infielder Sergio Ferrer. He spent all of that year and most of the next with the Triple A Oklahoma City 89ers; in 1978, he hit .345 and was an American Association All-Star. He earned a September call-up to Philadelphia in 1978, going 2-for-8 in 5 games. He played one more pro season in the Phillies chain before retiring.

Dineen died of cancer at age 63 in 2015. He was a cousin of big leaguer Ken Henderson and minor leaguers Robert Henderson and Joe Henderson Jr.

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