Pat Dumouchelle’s baseball career represents its rich heritage in the local community as he becomes the sport’s 22nd inductee as either an athlete or a builder – and the first since 2016.
Dumouchelle, like many athletes, was inspired by his father whom he loved watching play for the Maidstone Shamrocks. He remembers being a frequent spectator at his dad’s games and practices. His passion and skill for the game carried him all the way to signing with the Baltimore Orioles and playing 153 games for the Class AA Charlotte Orioles.
If you looked up super utility player in the baseball dictionary you might see Dumouchelle’s picture. He was the prototypical jack of all trades and was a man of many positions on the diamond, including C, 1b, 2b, 3b, OF. Heck, he even pitched a couple games. If asked, he’ll tell you the spot that suited him best was catcher. Dumouchelle was All-Conference at that position at Indiana State.
While Dumouchelle fell short of making the majors, his career had many highlights, including representing Canada on the global stage. He wore the maple leaf in the Pan-Am games in 1979 in Puerto Rico and the world championships in Japan. Playing for Canada, Dumouchelle says, was such an honour and a great experience. He turned down a pro contract to play for the AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates to play for Canada in Tokyo.
Dumouchelle retired from pro baseball in 1987. Family commitments took priority and he was starting a new career beyond the diamond in law enforcement. He found his way back onto the field for the Windsor Stars but shoulder replacement spelled the end of his baseball days. While baseball was in his past, an induction is in his future. Join us in welcoming Pat Dumouchelle into
the Windsor-Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.