David Gordon Cripe
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
- School College of William and Mary, University of La Verne
- High School Hemet High School
- Debut September 10, 1978
- Final Game October 1, 1978
- Born April 7, 1951 in Ramona, CA USA
Third baseman Dave Cripe nine seasons in the minors and briefly in the big leagues.
After attending the College of William and Mary, where he was also a punter on the school's football team, Cripe transferred to the University of La Verne. After his college days, he signed with the Kansas City Royals and began his pro career with the Billings Mustangs in 1972. He hit .324 that year while trying Cleopherus Smith for the Pioneer League lead with 43 RBIs. The next summer, he played for the San Jose Bees and hit .310 to lead the California League.
Cripe hit .300 and was an American Association All-Star with the Omaha Royals in 1978. That performance earned him a September call-up to the majors. The 27-year-old hit .154 in 7 games that fall. However, with George Brett entrenched at third for Kansas City, Cripe never got another taste of big league action.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1982||Asheville Tourists||South Atlantic League||65-76||8th||Houston Astros|
|1983||Daytona Beach Astros||Florida State League||85-49||1st||Houston Astros||Lost League Finals|
|1984||Daytona Beach Astros||Florida State League||82-62||2nd||Houston Astros||Lost in 1st round|
|1985||Osceola Astros||Florida State League||77-58||2nd||Houston Astros||Lost in 1st round|
|1986||Columbus Astros||Southern League||--||Houston Astros||--||replaced by Charlie Taylor on June 10|