>> Visit the Dave Pope biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.
Dave Pope, who played in both the Negro Leagues and in the Major Leagues, died on August 28, 1999 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was 78.
He hit .265 in 551 at-bats in the major leagues. His best season came in 1955 when he hit .264 with seven home runs and 52 RBI.
Pope had been attending the University of Pittsburgh with plans to be a doctor when he left to join the Army during World War II. Following the war, he joined the Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues and later played for the Pittsburgh Crawfords.
He spent two seasons playing for teams in Canada before joining the Indians minor league system. In 1952, he made his debut with Cleveland.
He was a member of the Indians team that lost to the Giants in the 1954 World Series. Pope played in three games and was hitless in three at-bats in that series.
On June 15, 1955, he was traded by the Indians, along with Wally Westlake, to the Baltimore Orioles for Gene Woodling and BIlly Cox. In 1956, the Orioles traded him back to the Indians for Hoot Evers.
Following his baseball career, he worked as a jobs counselor, director of recreation in Cleveland and as an amateur baseball coach. He is a member of the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sources: Total Baseball, Associated Press