Strampe gained his early fame as a member of leading teams in the Minneapolis area, then joined the Strohs of Detroit. The four-time USBC Open Championships titlist returned to the Twin Cities for a year to bowl with the Minnesota entry in the National Bowling League in 1960-61. When the league folded, he rejoined the Strohs before eventually heading out for the PBA tour. He followed Don Carter as the second person to win the BPAA All-Star in 1963, PBA National in 1964 and USBC Masters in 1966. He is one of the few bowlers with 300 games in five different decades.