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Friday, December 22, 2017

Chuck Wanke, That Doubt - 19

Chuck Wanke started slow for short-season Bend in 1990 and picked up a tough-luck loss in his third outing, The Bend Bulletin wrote.

Wanke went seven innings and allowed just four hits and an unearned run in the 1-0 defeat, The Bulletin wrote.

"It's disappointing to lose," Wanke told The Bulletin afterward, "but not as disappointing as you might think. I knew I was a better pitcher than I'd been throwing, but there's always that doubt. The big thing tonight is that I proved it ... to myself."

Wanke proved it enough in that first year as a pro to continue on. He later tried to prove himself after a breach of team rules. By the time his career concluded, he'd seen time in eight pro seasons. He made AA, but not the majors.

Wanke's career began that year in 1990, signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of Beaverton, Ore.

Wanke started with the Giants at Bend. He got six starts there and went 0-3, with an overall 4.88 ERA. He then moved to short-season Everett in 1991. In 13 relief outings there, he turned in a 5.16 ERA and went 0-1.

He got his first professional wins in 1992 at single-A Clinton. He went 9-10, with a 4.10 mark. That May, he threw a no-hitter against Peoria.

Wanke played 1993 at high-A San Jose. He then returned to start 1994, but, already on the brink, the team found him with two women in his room. He got his release, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. He played the year instead at independent Sioux Falls.

For 1995, Wanke returned to the Giants as a replacement player. He also spoke to The Chronicle about redeeming himself after his 1994 exit.

"Anytime you get a second chance," Wanke told The Chronicle, "if you have half a brain, you're going to appreciate it. You don't get them very often."

Wanke's second chance led him to AA Shreveport. He saw 43 games in relief, with a 4.35 ERA. He played 1996 back in Sioux Falls and independent Duluth-Superior. He then played in eight games back at Sioux Falls in 1997 to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,856
Made the Majors:1,071-37.5%
Never Made Majors:1,785-62.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 444
10+ Seasons in the Minors:267


  1. Hi, My name is Chuck Wanke. And am wondering where this was published. There is so much more to this story :) You forgot to mention my seasons in South America and Taiwan as well as my addiction to drugs and alcohol that played a key factor in many of the poor choice i made while i was playing and for many years after my playing days were over. I'm 6 going on 7 years clean and sober and work as a youth drug and alcohol counselor in Gresham, Oregon. :) Thanks again. feel free to contact me at 503-332-9817

    1. I just spotted this. Do you have an email I can contact you at? Or email me at