Krausse went 68-91 during a 12-year big league career. He came up as an 18-year old in 1961 for the Kansas City A’s and pitched a three-hit shoutout against the Los Angeles Angels in his first game. He spent the next four years bouncing between the majors and minors but earned a spot on the A’s staff in 1966. Krausse had the best year of his career that season, going 14-9 with a 2.99 ERA. He pitched a shutout and saved three games in the process. Krausse lost 17 games the following year but won 10 in 1968 for the now Oakland A’s. He was a 13-game winner for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970 but that was the last time he would break double-digits in wins. He made brief stops with the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves before concluding his career in 1975.
Krausse is yet another pitcher who says his favorite memory is hitting a home run. Go ahead and draw your own conclusions! For the record, he actually hit six home runs in the major leagues, so it was not that rare an occurrence for him. Krausse’s father, Lew Sr., pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1930’s. He is a member of the Delaware County (Pennsylvania) Sports Hall of Fame.
Lew Krausse – career stats