Chris Knapp (baseball)
Born: September 16, 1953|
Cherry Point, North Carolina
|September 4, 1975, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 5, 1980, for the California Angels|
|Earned run average||4.99|
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 (1977–1978).
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.
- "Chris Knapp Statistics". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 2008-08-18.