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31 DAVE CRIPE (Franchise player #0134 - 1978-10)

Position: 3B

Dave Cripe

David Gordon Cripe
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Colleges: Mount San Jacinto Junior College, LaVerne (CA) College, and William & Mary

Born: April 7, 1951 in Ramona, CA

Acquired: Before the 1972 Season: Signed by the Royals as an amateur free agent

Departed: Before the 1980 Season: Acquired by the Houston Astros in an unknown transaction

MLB Debut: September 10, 1978
Final MLB Game: October 1, 1978
Royals Debut: September 10, 1978
Final Royals Game:
October 1, 1978
 
Statistics with the Royals (led team in bold)
Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
1978 7 13 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .154
Career 7 13 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .154

For complete stats, go to Baseball-Reference.com's Dave Cripe page

From the Kansas City Royals 1979 Media Guide:
...owns 7 years of service in the Royals' minor league chain...has been a steady performer during minor league career
1978 Highlights: Dave turned in a big year at Omaha to earn major league duty with the Royals in September...while at Omaha he played a significant role in the club's winning the American Association flag...paced Omaha in batting, runs, hits, and games...his top stretch at the plate corresponded with a season-ending spurt that carried Omaha to the league title...from August 8-September 2 he put together a brilliant 25-game hitting streak by going 42 for 85 (.494) while scoring 21 runs and driving in 22 more...the hitting skein upped his average 43 points to his final .300 mark...Dave also started the year with an offensive flourish by hitting safely in 16 of his opening 19 contests...during that span he hit .357 (25 for 70) with 11 runs, a pair of homers, and 8 RBI...during season he posted a trio of 4-hit games and had 7 3-hit outings...1st 4-hit showing was in the opening game of the year when he was 4 for 8 with a homer and 2 RBI vs. Oklahoma City on April 14...was 4 for 5 on August 17 vs. Denver and was 4 for 6 with a homer and a season high 5 RBI at Oklahoma City on August 26...also turned in a fine year defensively...he finished 2nd among the league's regular third basemen with a .937 fielding mark and led his counterparts in assists (275) and double plays (25)...followed up Omaha campaign by seeing duty in 7 September contests with KC...singled off the Angels' Nolan Ryan in his 1st major league at bat on Sept. 10 at Anaheim.
Career Highlights: Now in his 8th season in the KC organization, Dave has played the past 3 years on the Triple A level in Omaha...has 3 .300 campaigns to his credit and has compiled fine offensive credentials throughout his career...in his initial pro season (1972) he tied for the Pioneer League lead in doubles and RBI while recording a career-high .324 mark...in '73 he paced the California League in hitting and was the circuit's All-Star third baseman...turned in 2 years on the double-A level with the Jacksonville Suns before jumping to Omaha in '76...Dave began his pro career following an outstanding collegiate performance at LaVerne and William & Mary...in 1972 he hit .352 in 53 games while helping lead LaVerne to NAIA national championship...received several honors that season, including NAIA All-District III laurels and recognition on the NAIA All-National Tournament team...while at William & Mary in 1971 he was All-Southern Conference in baseball and also participated on the Indians' Tangerine Bowl football team...Dave also played baseball and football in junior college and at Hemet High School...he graduated high school in 1968.
Herzog on Cripe: "Dave really didn't get a chance to play much with us last September because of the divisional race, but we know he is a pretty good hitter.  We also know he can play third and we'll watch him closely in the spring."
 

Complete Statistics

Year Club AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
1972 Billings .324 71 256 58 83 15 1 2 43 43 39 11
1973 San Jose (A) .310 136 461 74 143 15 2 3 60 71 61 8
1974 Jacksonville (AA) .241 107 370 55 89 12 2 7 38 42 54 2
1975 Jacksonville (AA) .263 98 354 40 93 14 3 2 33 43 45 4
1976 Omaha (AAA) .272 74 195 27 53 8 1 7 23 28 23 0
1977 Omaha (AAA) .282 132 486 86 137 32 3 10 62 73 62 4
1978 Omaha (AAA) .300 133 473 84 142 18 5 9 53 70 43 1
1978 KANSAS CITY .154 7 13 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
1979 Omaha (AAA) .248 131 479 66 119 26 2 6 46 57 58 8
1980 Columbus (AA) .260 41 127 17 33 3 0 3 20 18 19 4
1980 Tucson (AAA) .211 21 71 8 15 0 0 0 7 13 5 4
  Minor League Totals .288 944 3272 515 907 143 19 49 385 458 409 46
 
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