Monday, January 16, 2017

Former Red Sox 1B Dave Stapleton Turns 63 Today

Dave Stapleton, who John McNamara did not insert into Game Six of the 1986 World Series, turns 63 years old today. "Stapes" had been the late-inning defensive substitute in every other post-season win that year. But McNamara—wanting to finish the World Series Championship with the "guys that brought us this far"—kept Bill Buckner in the game at first base. 'Nuff Ced. Stapleton had a pretty decent career in Carmine Hose—hitting .271 over seven seasons in Boston. Most people forget that—in 1980—Stapleton finished second in the American League Rookie-Of-The-Year voting (to Smokin' Joe Charboneau). Happy birthday, Stapes!