Max Venable

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Max Venable
Born: (1957-06-06) June 6, 1957 (age 62)
Phoenix, Arizona
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 1979, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1991, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Batting average.241
Home runs18
Runs batted in128

William McKinley "Max" Venable (born June 6, 1957) is an American former professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter. He played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, and California Angels. Venable also played for the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), and coached for the SK Wyverns of the KBO League.

Early years[edit]

Venable went to Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, California, where he was a multi-sport star. He excelled in all sports but in high school, football was his best. He turned down football scholarships, as well as a multi-million dollar contract to play for the NHL's (then) Quebec Nordiques, to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB career[edit]

He played for the San Francisco Giants, Montreal Expos, and Cincinnati Reds, all of the National League, and the California Angels of the American League. He also played two seasons in Japan, 1992 and 1993, for the Chiba Lotte Marines. He coached for the Atlanta Braves in the minor leagues, along with the San Diego Padres. He is a hitting instructor in the Seattle Mariners Farm system to date.

SK Wyverns[edit]

Max signed with Korean Baseball team SK Wyverns as a hitting coach in 2013.


Max's older son, Will, is a former Major League outfielder and he previously played baseball and basketball for Princeton University. Will was awarded both the 2013 Aug 18th NL Player of the Week and MVP of the Padres the same year. Will joined his father as a member of the Portland Beavers in 2008. Max's younger son Winston Venable was a standout safety for the Boise State Broncos football team for the 2009–10 and 2010-11 seasons. After an undefeated regular season, the Broncos beat fellow undefeated TCU in the 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. In the final play of the game, Venable intercepted a pass by TCU's Andy Dalton to seal the victory for the Broncos.[1]Winston Venable played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears during the 2011-2012 season, then signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League where he played from 2012-2016. He was a CFL All-Star and CFL East All-Star in 2015, and on February 15, 2017, Venable signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League as a free agent. Three months later, he announced his retirement.


  1. ^ "Boise St. Broncos vs TCU Horned Frogs - Recap". Retrieved 2011-07-28.

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