Del Crandall

1954 Topps

An eight-time all star, Crandall was one of the top catchers in the baseball for most of his lengthy playing career – which stretched from 1949 – 1966. He broke in with the Boston Braves in 1949 and stuck around for the 1950 season as well. He spent 1951-1952 in the military but returned in 1953 when he joined the Braves in their new home of Milwaukee. That year marked the the first of Crandall’s eight all-star appearances. Over the next 10 seasons he only missed the All-Star Game twice. He earned MVP votes seven times in his career and was the National League’s Gold Glove catcher four times. He was also the starting catcher for the 1957 Milwaukee team that defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series. A .254 hitter for his career, Crandall had plenty of pop in his bat, hitting 179 career home runs. Following his playing career, Crandall managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 1972-1975 and the Seattle Mariners from 1983-1984.


Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, punk rocker ... I am actually in the (a) Hall of Fame. They said to never trust anyone over 30 and now I am so far past that point, spinning aimlessly and still trying to figure out my place in the world.

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