San Diego City College's Cal Knowlton showing leadership on and off baseball diamond

Posted at 11:40 AM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 17:42:48-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Cal Knowlton is a Sophomore on the San Diego City College baseball team. Now if you were to look at the roster, you would see that he is listed as an outfielder, but maybe his true position is that of team leader.

Knowlton has always had a big interest in baseball, but after high school, he wanted to fulfill his biggest dream and that was serving his country. He enlisted in the Navy with plans on joining the special warfare branch.

"A lot of people told me I wouldn't be able to do it, but I pursued it and made it through my pipeline and became a rescue swimmer," Knowlton said.

Knowlton said growing up in a small Ohio town, and without a swimming pool made the process tough.

"I had never swum [sic] in a pool but was in good shape from wrestling and a guy threw me in the pool and I swam in a good enough time that I was handed a contract," Knowlton said.

After spending six years in the Navy, Knowlton decided it was time to pursue his other dream, which was playing baseball. Since he had been stationed in San Diego since 2012, he ended up at San Diego City College.

"The one thing I was worried about when I left the military was losing that tight brotherhood. I was worried I would get bored, but the transition from the military to SDCC and playing baseball has been a blessing," Knowlton said.

Knowlton is now in his second season with the Knights and hopes to continue playing at a four-year school. If that doesn't work out, he has an interest in fire science or coaching.