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Dave Cripe
Third baseman
Born: (1951-04-07) April 7, 1951 (age 73)
Ramona, California
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 10, 1978, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1978, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Batting average.154
Home runs0
Runs batted in1

David Gordon Cripe[1] (born April 7, 1951)[2] is a former Major League Baseball player, known best for his three years of play with the Omaha Royals of the American Association. Cripe played for the Kansas City Royals for less than a month at the end of the 1978 season, leaving the team just before it competed in the 1978 American League Championship Series. He batted and threw right-handed.



Cripe played college football as a punter in junior college at Mt. San Jacinto College. Despite a full scholarship offer from UNLV, Cripe chose to accept a partial football scholarship to William & Mary, where he also played college baseball. He finished his college baseball career at the University of La Verne. He was not drafted out of college but signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals.[3]

Cripe began his professional baseball career with the Billings Mustangs, joining as an amateur free agent; he continued his career at the San Jose Bees, then two years with the Jacksonville Suns followed by a move to the Triple-A Omaha Royals.[2] According to the Kansas City Royals 1979 Media Guide, Cripe had "7 years of service in the Royals' minor league chain", including three years at the Omaha Royals, where he "played a significant role in the club's winning the American Association flag."[2] He was added to the big league roster after an injury to George Brett.[3]

Cripe was the manager of the Asheville Tourists in 1982.[1] He is currently[as of?] a physical education teacher in Moreno Valley, California.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Dave Cripe/David Gordon Cripe Minor League Statistics & History". Sabr ID: ab364253. baseball-reference.com. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Dave Cripe (Franchise player #0134–1978-10)". KCRoyalsHistory.com. December 2007. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Clegg, Guerry (April 6, 1986). "Second Time Around, Cripe Is Still a Prospect". The Columbus Ledger. p. C-10. Retrieved April 7, 2024.