Chris Knapp (baseball)

Chris Knapp
Born: (1953-09-16) September 16, 1953
Cherry Point, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 1975, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1980, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 36–32
Earned run average 4.99
Strikeouts 355

Robert Christian Knapp (born September 16, 1953) is a retired American professional baseball player. He was a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), 195 lb (88 kg) right-handed pitcher who appeared in 122 Major League Baseball games for the Chicago White Sox (1975–1977) and California Angels (1978–1980), winning 12 and 14 games in back-to-back seasons (19771978).

Chris Knapp pitching to Tom Poquette at Royals Stadium on September 19, 1976.

After graduating from Central Michigan University, Knapp was selected in the first round of the 1975 Major League Baseball draft by the White Sox. He played parts of the 1975, 1976, and 1977 seasons with Chicago, although most of his time in the first two years of his career was spent in the White Sox farm system. In 1977 he appeared in five games for the Triple-A Iowa Oaks, and worked in 27 MLB games for the White Sox, 26 as a starting pitcher, posting a 12–7 record with four complete games. On December 5, however, he was included in a major off-season trade, when he was sent to the Angels with catcher Brian Downing and pitcher Dave Frost for outfielders Bobby Bonds and Thad Bosley and pitcher Richard Dotson. Knapp then worked in 30 games for the 1978 Angels, 29 as a starter, and posted a 14–8 mark with six complete games.

In 1979 and 1980, however, his effectiveness diminished, as he could win only seven of 23 decisions and his earned run average ballooned to 5.51 and 6.14, respectively. He was sent to the minor leagues in 1981. Knapp finished his career in the minors during the 1983 season, going winless in four starts.[1]

During his MLB career, Knapp allowed 642 hits and 250 bases on balls in 604⅓ innings pitched, with 355 strikeouts and 15 total complete games.


  1. "Chris Knapp Statistics". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 2008-08-18.

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