David Gerald Criscione
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 8", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Dunkirk High School
- Debut July 17, 1977
- Final Game July 31, 1977
- Born September 2, 1951 in Dunkirk, NY USA
Dave Criscione was in the majors for seven games with the Baltimore Orioles in 1977. He also had nine seasons in the minors, of which six were spent in AAA ball. Dave hit .333 with a home run in 10 plate appearances. The home run was a walkoff blast against Sam Hinds of the Milwaukee Brewers, an 11th inning solo shot to give the O's a 4-3 win on July 25. Later, Dave was head coach of SUNY-Fredonia from 1999-2002. Through 2019, no other major leaguer has had the last name Criscione.
An article entitled "Dave Criscione and the Best Two Weeks Ever" gives more detail about his career. . He was a high school sports legend. At 5' 8", he had trouble being taken seriously by major league executives. He worked in a dog food factory during offseasons. It was Rochester Red Wings manager Ken Boyer who told Dave that he got the call. He was given a locker next to Brooks Robinson. He got his chance because catcher Rick Dempsey had suffered an injury. He worked at Fredonia in various capacities for over 20 years.