Major League Baseball pitcher David Wells, PLHS class of 1982, choked back tears Feb. 20 at Dana Middle School during a ceremony marking the christening of David Wells Field.
Speaking to a large gathering of students, school staff, family, friends and fans, Wells told of his days as a youth in Ocean Beach. A self-described “gym rat,” Wells reminisced about the endless days he spent at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center and at Robb Field.
The Pointers won the 1982 CIF championship behind the gangly 6’4” Wells and a group of talented teammates, many of whom attended the Feb. 24 ceremony. Wells still holds the county prep school record he set by throwing six consecutive shutout games.
Later, as a pro, Wells compiled a record of 239-157 during a 20-year major league baseball career that included a perfect game (1998) and two stints with the San Diego Padres.
Other speakers at the ceremony included PLHS Principal Bobbie Samilson, varsity baseball coach Jon Posternack and David Camara, a member of the 1982 title team with Wells.
Camara told the crowd a story that illustrated Wells’ dominance in prep baseball. During a game, Wells told his teammates he was going to walk the bases loaded on purpose and then strike out the next three batters on nine pitches. After their coach came to the mound to check on Wells following the three walks, Camara described how the pitcher turned to his fielders, flashing a prankster’s grin. Wells then made good on his promise, Camara said, as he threw “nine straight 92 miles per hour fastballs” past bewildered opponents.
On Feb. 20, Wells took to the mound to throw a ceremonial first pitch before the annual Alumni vs. Varsity game. The students outscoring the old-timers 7-2.
Then, on Feb. 22, Wells was among a group of five people inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions Hall of Fame at the 64th annual Salute to the Champions banquet. This honor gives Wells a permanent spot among local athletes and coaches who have gone on to national stardom.
On Friday, March 12 is a fundraiser for Pointers baseball. Wells will attend the event, which has been moved to the historical Peckham estate in La Playa. Tickets are $95 and include a catered dinner and entertainment. For information, contact [email protected]