Inaugural Class of 2009
Tilden Tigers 1969-80,82
During his 13-year career, Tom Dachel was without question the winningest and most dominant pitcher of his time. A closer look at his career shows that he may have been the most dominant pitcher in CRBL history.
With the right-handed Dachel as their ace, the Tilden Tigers were able to win eight North Division championships, seven CRBL championships, qualify for the WBA in all but one (1969) of Dachel’s seasons, and make the Final 8 five times. In 10 championship game appearances, Dachel sported a record 6 and 3 with 1 shutout, 67 strikeouts, 66.2 innings pitched, and an ERA of 2.70. No pitcher in league history has more wins, strikeouts, or innings pitched in championship game play.
Led the league in wins seven times and tied for that lead another year, winning 8 or more games eight times, with a high of 13 in 1972. Won the pitching triple crown in 1977 (9 wins, 94 K’s, 2.67 ERA) and again in 1980 (9 wins, 72 strikeouts, 1.34 ERA). Led the league in ERA a total of three times (1975,1977,1980), crafting seven seasons of sub-3.00 ERA twirling, along with three seasons below the 2.00 ERA mark (1.35 in 1975, 1.85 in 1978, and 1.34 in 1980).
Had two seasons of over 100 strikeouts (109 in 1972 and 107 in 1974), leading the league in that category four times (1974,1977,1979,1980). Led the league or tied for the lead in shutouts seven times, doing so six years in a row (1973-1978). His career high of 4 shutouts in 1974 is tied for the single season league mark.
Exceeded 100 innings three times, with a peak of 125.1 in 1972. Led the league in innings thrown five times (1974,1975, 1977, 1979,1980).
Dachel’s sterling pitching is that much more remarkable when one considers that a large percentage of it was accomplished facing metal wielding hitters within the offensively conducive confines of Tilden’s home park.
Tom had his highlights as a hitter. Led the league in doubles with 7 in 1972 and 6 in 1982. Also led the league in at-bats with 71 in in 1982. Hit over .300 twice, doing so at .351 in 1972 (20 for 57) and .310 in 1982 (22 for 71).
With All-CRBL becoming an annual award in 1978, he was recognized as such in 1978 and 1980. Appeared in two All-Star games (1972 and 1973). Retired in 1982 as the all-time leader in ERA, wins, and shutouts. Still has all-time rankings of 2nd in wins, 3rd in winning percentage, 3rd in innings pitched, 6th in strikeouts, and 2nd in shutouts.