LaPoint pitched for nine different teams during 12 years in the majors. In 294 games he posted an 80-86 record with a 4.02 ERA. LaPoint broke in with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1980, then went on to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, and Philadelphia Phillies before his big-league run ended in 1991. He posted double-digit win seasons three times in his career, but had double-digit loss seasons five times. He went 9-3 with a 3.42 ERA for the Cardinals in 1982 in what was technically his rookie year and finished eighth in the National League Rookie of the Year vote. He won 14 total games in 1988, while pitching for the White Sox and the Pirates, in what was arguably the best season of his career.
LaPoint pitched in two games of the 1982 World Series for the Cardinals. He pitched 1.2 innings of relief in Game 1, which St. Louis lost 10-0 to the Milwaukee Brewers. He got the start in Game 4 and went 6.2 innings, allowing one earned run. The Brewers won that game as well, 7-5. However, the Cardinals won the series in seven games.
We featured John Stuper in September 2021. Perhaps, not coincidentally, he listed LaPoint as one of his favorite teammates.
Dave LaPoint – career stats