Rick was a three year letterman for Varsity baseball in California from 1961-64 and played in State tournaments at San Diego. He also played with the Pilot Mound Pilots, Border League Champions in 1965 and 66 with a winning pitching record and a high batting average. Cruise played mainly pitcher and third base throughout his baseball career and had a winning record pitching and batted .400 consistently. He played for the Balmoral Orioles from 1967-69, the Carman Goldeyes in 1970, St. Agathe Bisons, and the M.S.B.L. Champs in 1971 and 1972. In 1971 Rick was selected by Brandon to play in the Nationals at Kenosee Lake, and with Team Canada with a 4-5 record in Cuba, where he had two homeruns. In 1972 he played shortstop for the Team Canada team at the World Championship in Nicaragua. Rick concluded his career in 1976 and 77 with the Brandon Cloverleafs, who were League Champions in 1977. In 1977 he was also picked by the Host Team for the Canadian National Championship held in Western Manitoba.