William Dion Venable (born October 29, 1982) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball. In the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, he was selected by the Padres in the seventh round. Venable made his Major League debut on August 29, 2008, against the Colorado Rockies, collecting his first hit. Although he broke into the Major Leagues as a center fielder, he has played mostly right field since his second season. Venable has frequently batted lead off and has on several occasions come within one hit of the cycle. As of November 2013, he has finished among the top ten in the National League in triples four times and in stolen bases twice.
He played basketball for Princeton University, as well as San Rafael High School. He was the second athlete to earn first-team All-Ivy League honors in both baseball and basketball. Venable is the son of former Major League outfielder Max Venable as well as the older brother of National Football League safety Winston Venable. He has the most Major League Baseball career hits and home runs of any Princeton alumnus.
By Dean Hanley
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