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Oscar De Chavez played baseball for the Hornets under FC Hall of Famer Mike Sgobba and current FC skipper Nick Fuscardo (an assistant baseball coach for FC at the time) in 1982 and 1983. The son of Cuban immigrants, Oscar was the first in his family to go to college. Luckily, he came to Fullerton College where he carved out a stellar career on and off the field.

In 1983, De Chavez led the Hornets to its last conference championship accumulating 11 wins with only 1 loss. Oscar owns three Fullerton College records for lowest ERA in a season (1.76), Strikeouts in a season (76), and Wins in a season (11) in 102.1 innings. His ERA is still the lowest in a 102.1 innings pitched. De Chavez gave up only 76 hits, 35 walks and rang up 76 strikeouts in the 1983 season for Fullerton.

Drafted by the Oakland A’s in the winter of 1983 in the first round (the 6th overall pick), Oscar went on to make an impact in the pros leading his team in wins both in Rookie Ball and at the Single A level. De Chavez was a major factor helping his team win the California League Championship in 1985 while with the A’s in Single A ball.

After 4 seasons in minors, Oscar was released due to injuries. He decided to give back to other young ball players with dreams and began coaching for three seasons at his Alma mater Katella High School in Anaheim.