David Jeffrey LaPoint
The 1982 World Series was the first ever Fall Classic I followed game-by-game, and when the Phillies signed former Cardinals pitcher Dave LaPoint one day before the start of the regular season in 1991, I was thrilled that he was now in the Phillies starting pitching rotation. Unfortunately, LaPoint's tenure with the 1991 Phillies ended just as abruptly as it began and there are only a few photos showing the 12-year veteran in the uniform of his ninth and final team.
Signed on April 7th and released on April 23rd, LaPoint's 16 days with the Phillies consisted of two starts in which he pitched five innings, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits and six walks. More memorable than his 16.20 ERA with the Phillies is this headline, forever preserved in my 1991 Phillis Scrapbook, noting that LaPoint's Phillies debut and penultimate game in the Majors was "Disa-LaPointing."
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6'3" Weight: 205
Born: July 29, 1959, Glens Falls, NY
Drafted: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 10th round of the 1977 amateur draft, June 7, 1977
Major League Teams: Milwaukee Brewers 1980; St. Louis Cardinals 1981-1984; San Francisco Giants 1985; Detroit Tigers 1986; San Diego Padres 1986; St. Louis Cardinals 1987; Chicago White Sox 1987-1988; Pittsburgh Pirates 1988; New York Yankees 1989-1990; Phillies 1991
Professional Affiliations: Milwaukee Brewers 1977-1980; St. Louis Cardinals 1981-1984; San Francisco Giants 1985; Detroit Tigers 1986; San Diego Padres 1986; St. Louis Cardinals 1987; Chicago White Sox 1987-1988; Pittsburgh Pirates 1988; New York Yankees 1989-1990; Phillies 1991; Milwaukee Brewers 1991; Chicago Cubs 1991; Minnesota Twins 1993; Adirondack Lumberjacks 1996 (Independent)
2 starts, 0-1, 16.20 ERA
Acquired: Signed as a free agent formerly with the New York Yankees, April 7, 1991
Debut: April 14, 1991 - Lasted 1 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on five hits to the Cardinals
Final Game: April 20, 1991
Departed: Released, April 23, 1991, and signed with the Milwaukee Brewers organization May 9, 1991
First Card: 1991 Donruss #481
Last Card: 1991 Upper Deck #483
Because LaPoint pitched with the Phillies in 1991, I added each of his five mainstream baseball cards to my 1991 Phillies binder, all featuring him with the Yankees.
Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card: 1983 Donruss #544
First Topps Base Card: 1983 Topps #438
Last Mainstream Card: 1991 Upper Deck #483
Other Notable Cards: 1977 TCMA Newark Co-Pilots #21, 1985 Topps Traded #71T, 1986 Topps Traded #61T, 1987 Topps #754, 1988 Topps #334, 1989 Topps #89
Sources: Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database
This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia. I will make my way through the decade of the 1980s first and then work my way forward. In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.