Danny Seigle was a junior at Wagner College in New York when the possibility of playing professional basketball in the Philippines was opened up to him.
At the time, it was a path that his brother, Andy, had already taken. Andy was also one of the voices, the other being their father, John Charles, telling Danny to check out the Philippine Basketball Association.
After graduating from Wagner the next year, he was signed by the San Miguel Beermen as a direct hire in 1999. It was the birth of a partnership that bore endless fruits of success.
San Miguel won a total of seven PBA titles with Seigle on board. Danny was also awarded with multiple individual accolades. Though Seigle also suited up for the Air21, Barako Bull and Talk ‘N Text franchises, he is fondly remembered for the impact and the achievements he made as a San Miguel Beermen.
My rookie year and first championship against Shell in 1999 was the most memorable. San Miguel had ended a five-year title drought, everyone was ecstatic, and it was quite the celebration.
Getting all that love from fans, media, and especially management, gave me a taste of how it was being at the top and i was chasing that feeling for the rest of my career.
It was the start of one of those so called “special teams” that is remembered in history. Aside from that, it was the most competitive year that I would play in the next 17 years.