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|Born: June 13, 1950|
|May 10, 1972, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 19, 1972, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Earned run average||11.57|
Robert Edwin Strampe ( STRAMP; born June 13, 1950 in Janesville, Wisconsin) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers in 1972. He wore number 46 in his only year in the Majors. His father, Bob Strampe, Sr., pitched in the minor leagues in 1934 for the Fargo-Moorhead Twins and Brainerd-Little Falls Muskies.
Originally drafted by the Tigers in the 18th round (414th overall) of the 1968 amateur draft, Strampe saw a fair amount of success in the minors as a starter, never posting a season ERA higher than 3.42. Perhaps his best season was his first - 1969 for the Batavia Trojans. In 115 innings of work that year, he went 10-5 with 138 strikeouts and a 2.97 ERA.
He made his major league debut at the age of 21 on May 10, 1972 against the Chicago White Sox. The 6'1", 185 pound right-hander came in to relieve for Ron Perranoski, and didn't have much luck, surviving only 1/3 of an inning. He gave up four hits and a walk, allowing in four earned runs.
Overall, he pitched in seven games in 1972, posting an ERA of 11.57. In 4 innings, he allowed six hits, seven walks and six earned runs. He struck out only four batters. Although his performance was unimpressive, he did not allow a single home run, which is notable considering the circumstances. He played his final big league game on September 19 of that year. He went out much better than he came in - he struck out the final batter he ever faced, Mike Kilkenny of the Cleveland Indians.
Although his major league career ended in 1972, Strampe continued to pitch professionally in the minor leagues. He, Ed Brinkman and Dick Sharon were traded from the Tigers to the San Diego Padres for Nate Colbert in a three-team deal on November 18, 1974 that involved Brinkman also being sent to the St. Louis Cardinals for Sonny Siebert, Alan Foster and Rich Folkers.Danny Breeden went from the Padres to the Cardinals to subsequently complete the transactions.