OAKLAND — Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum and A’s bench coach Chip Hale this week added yet another chapter to a connection that dates more than three decades.
Sveum and Hale first crossed paths when Sveum played for PinoleValleyHigh School and Hale starred for Campolindo High. The prep standouts faced off at least once in high school and several other times in summer leagues, Hale recalled Thursday.
Sveum, who graduated in 1982, was only one grade ahead of Hale, yet he was revered by Hale for his prowess as a baseball and football player.
“Dale was sort of like that mythical guy, when you’re in high school,” Hale said.
Sveum turned down a scholarship to ArizonaState so that he could sign with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Like many others, Hale said he was surprised that Sveum opted against a dual-sport career, given Sveum was regarded as a top-flight quarterback prospect.
“I thought he was going to be like one of those John Elway-like guys,” Hale said. “But looking back it was a good decision for him. He had a great career with the Brewers.”
Hale spent parts of seven seasons in the majors. Sveum retired in 1999 after a 12-year career. His best season came in 1987, when he hit 25 home runs and drove in 95 runs for the Brewers.