Posted: Dec 10, 2018
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Alan Gallagher, a standout Santa Clara University baseball player in the mid-1960's who was inducted to the University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983, died last week at age 73.
Gallagher was a member of the 1965 Bronco baseball team and led the team in hitting (.395), hits (60), triples (5) and RBIs (42), including a 25-game hit streak.
The San Francisco native was the top pick (14th overall) by the hometown Giants in 1965, becoming the franchise's first ever selection in the Major League Baseball draft's inaugural year.
In 1970, Gallagher made history as the first native San Franciscan to play for the Giants hitting .266 in 109 games making the Topps All-Rookie team. He had his best year
in 1971, hitting a career-high .277 and collecting 119 hits over 136 games to help the Giants win the National League West. It was the last year that Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry all played together.
Gallagher went on to play for four seasons with the Giants before eventually being traded to the California Angels. The right-handed hitting Gallagher finished his career hitting .263 over 442 games.
Following his playing career, Gallagher managed in the minor leagues as well as in the independent leagues. Gallagher's other claim to fame is having perhaps the longest name in the history of professional baseball – Alan Mitchell Edward George Patrick Henry Gallagher.