Randy Dunnett: Baseball Dreams

Randy Dunnett began dreaming about playing professional baseball as he grew up in the Chicago area, a dream he shared with countless other American boys. Unlike most of those countless others, Randy Dunnett had some genuine skills as a player, and he played baseball at South Suburban College in the Chicago area for two years. After that he attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and was on the baseball team there for two more years. Randy Dunnett also hit the books at Belmont: he graduated in 1999 with a degree in Business Administration.

But the dreams and desires for baseball were still there, and after graduation Randy Dunnett was still good enough to sign a contract with the Cook County Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs were coming off of their best season ever. The 1998 Cheetahs earned a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history. They took on the Tennessee Tomahawks, and despite being underdogs managed to sweep the Tomahawks to with the title.

In 1999, Randy Dunnett’s first year with the club, the Cheetahs joined the Frontier League and have been a member of that league ever since. Randy Dunnett stayed with them for two years before deciding to hang up his spikes in 2001.

He may have been done as a player ­– or nearly done, because he had a brief comeback several years later – but as a coach, Randy Dunnett was just getting started. “I began instructing in 2000 while in the offseason before the 2001 season,” he says today. “I have been a coach and private instructor every year since then, and at my own academy since 2004.”


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