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Dave Stapleton (infielder)

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Dave Stapleton
Born: (1954-01-16) January 16, 1954 (age 70)
Fairhope, Alabama, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 30, 1980, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1986, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.271
Home runs41
Runs batted in224

David Leslie Stapleton (born January 16, 1954) is an American former Major League Baseball player who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1980 to 1986. Stapleton attended Robertsdale High School then the University of South Alabama.

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Professional career

Stapleton grew up on a farm in Loxley, Alabama and attended Robertsdale High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. He played Babe Ruth League baseball during the summers where he caught the attention of the baseball coach at Faulkner Junior College.[1]

Stapleton was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the tenth round (231st overall) of the 1975 amateur baseball draft and over the next five years worked his way up the Red Sox minor league system playing for Winter Haven, Bristol, and Pawtucket.

He made his first appearance for the Red Sox on May 30, 1980.[2] During his time with the Red Sox, he primarily served as a utility player, covering first base, second base, shortstop and third base as well as playing in the outfield and serving as designated hitter.

In 1982 and 1983 he served as the team's first baseman, losing the job to Bill Buckner in 1984. From 1984 to 1986, Stapleton only played 82 games for the Red Sox.

During Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Red Sox manager John McNamara left Buckner in the game rather than replace him with Stapleton for defensive purposes, leading to the Mookie Wilson ground ball that went through Buckner's legs, giving the New York Mets a come-from-behind win in the tenth inning. The Mets went on to win the Series four games to three.

After the 1986 season, Stapleton became a free agent and signed with the Seattle Mariners, but was released on March 31, 1987, prior to the start of the regular season.

In his career, Stapleton batted .271 (550-2028), with 41 home runs, 224 RBI, 238 runs, 118 doubles, eight triple, six stolen bases, a .310 on-base percentage, and 807 total bases for a .398 slugging average.[3]

Stapleton played 7 years in the major leagues (1980–1986) and his batting average decreased every year he played (.321, .285, .264, .247, .231, .227, .128).


  1. ^ Lumpkin, Bill (30 March 1981). "Farm boy from Loxley now cultivating a different field". Birmingham Post-Herald. p. 11. Retrieved 24 July 2023.
  2. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Boston Red Sox 5, Milwaukee Brewers 3".
  3. ^ "Dave Stapleton". Sons of Sam Horn. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-02-23.

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