#58 - DAVE CHALK, INF
Dave Chalk was drafted by the Angels and came up quickly, making a late season debut in 1973 five days after his 23rd birthday. It was the first of 732 games with the Angels. Although he was primarily a 3B - and a good one, the Angels saw ft to play him at 2B and SS - where he led the league with 29 errors in 1974. That ended the experiment and he played all of his 149 games of 1975 at 3B. 1976-78 saw him primarily at the hot corner but still with 200 games at SS.
He was worth 2.8 Defensive Wins Above Replacement in 1975 ad 76 but Chalk didn't make the major leagues for his glove alone. He hit over .270 in 1975 and '77. With little speed or power, Chalk's greatest reliability was in staying healthy over a long season - he had five straight seasons in Anaheim with over 130 games played and over 500 Plate Appearances.
Ever the role-player, he retains one top-ten mark in the club record books - his 52 sacrifice hits ranks ninth best for the Angels. His 10.1 WAR is in the Top 35 all time for the club, and his 3.5 Defensive WAR is in the Top 20. His 244 Walks is in the top 25 and he had more than Buck Rodgers in 500 fewer Plate Appearances if their value need be measured.