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Dave Goltz Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

DAVE GOLTZ
Born: June 23, 1949 in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 4" Weight: 200
First Game: July 18, 1972 ; Final Game: June 22, 1983
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Dave Goltz
This article was written by Lee Temanson and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Rothsay, Minnesota, (population 497 in 2000) is not only the home of the world's largest prairie chicken (9,000 pounds) and an historic blacksmith shop, the J. A. Johnson blacksmith shop, built in 1903[i], but also is the hometown of one of the Minnesota Twins' best pitchers, Dave Goltz, a 20-game winner in 1977.

A huge prairie chicken greets visitors exiting off Interstate 94 at Rothsay, located in Wilkin County between Fergus Falls and Moorhead on the edge of the Red River Valley. In fact, Rothsay bills itself as the "Prairie Chicken Capital of the World."[ii]

Dave Goltz was born in nearby Pelican Rapids on June 23, 1949. His father owned a produce business in Rothsay, and his mother was the bookkeeper for the business. His dad would buy eggs and farm produce and then market the items. His dad was in his 50s when Goltz was born as the youngest child in the family. He had one brother (now deceased) and has one sister, who now lives in Pennsylvania. Both parents are now deceased.

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