Dave Cripe

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David Gordon Cripe

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Biographical Information[edit]

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.

Cripe moved on to the Houston Astros organization in 1980, his final year as a player. He later managed in their organization from 1982 to 1986 with a .546 winning percentage.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
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

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