Stapleton spent seven years playing for the Boston Red Sox. In 582 games he hit .271 with 41 home runs. He broke in with Boston in 1980 and played in 106 games, most of them at second base. His action was limited in 1981, but he was the team’s starting first baseman in 1982 and 1983. He hit 14 home runs in 1982, to go with a .264 average, 65 RBIs and 66 runs scored. It would go down as the best year of his career. He lost his job as Boston’s first baseman when Bill Buckner joined the team in 1984. Stapleton only played in 82 games over the next three seasons before signing as a free agent with the Seattle Mariners in 1987. However, he was released by Seattle in spring training, ending his career.
Stapleton’s first hit came in his first game on May 30, 1980 against the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park. He doubled off Milwaukee’s Larry Sorenson to lead off the fifth inning and scored on a Tony Perez fly ball. Boston won the game 5-2.
Stapleton was a member of the 1986 Red Sox team that lost to the New York Mets in the World Series. He played in three games, mostly as a defensive replacement. He had just one at bat and did not get a hit.
Dave Stapleton – career stats