Charles Edward Locke
Born: May 5, 1932 (Malden, Missouri)
Died: January 9, 2015 (Poplar Bluff, Missouri)
Chuck Locke was the starting pitcher in the debut game for the Vancouver Mounties in 1956. He took the loss as the home San Francisco Seals touched him for four runs in the first four innings on the way to a 6-3 victory at Seals Stadium on April 10.
Locke went winless in April before winning his first game — against the San Diego Padres at Capilano Stadium in Vancouver — on May 1, to improve his record to 1-3. He also hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, as the Mounties prevailed, 7-2. He lost his next start, on May 5 against the Los Angeles Angels, but “he gained some satisfaction by clouting probably the longest homer ever hit at Capilano Stadium,” the Sporting News reported. “The drive cleared the left-centre field fence near the 415-foot mark and was still rising.”
Locke went 2-9 as a starter with 30 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings in the 1956 season under manager Lefty O’Doul. He also spent part of the campaign with the San Antonio Missions.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound right-hander pitched three innings in two games for the Baltimore Orioles of the American League in 1955. His two appearances on Sept. 16 and 23 both came in the second game of doubleheaders against the Washington Senators, the first at memorial Stadium in Baltimore, the final at Griffith Stadium in Washington, DC.
Earlier in the 1955 season, Locke went 18-13 with the Missions of the Texas League.
Born in Missouri, Locke signed with the St. Louis Browns organization, launching his professional career at age 18 with the Pittsburg (Kan.) Browns of the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League. He went 11-7. Locke also pitched for the Aberdeen (Wash.) Pheasants, York (Penn.) White Roses, Wichita (Kan.) Indians, Knoxville (Tenn.) Smokies, Little Rock (Ark.) Travelers, and Louisville (Ken.) Colonels. He stayed with the Browns organization as the franchise shifted to Baltimore and spent his entire career with them but for four games with the Kansas City Athletics’ affiliate in Little Rock in 1958, his final season as a pro.
Locke spent 37 years as an insurance adjuster in his home state after retiring from baseball.