Crone spent most of his adult life in professional baseball, first as a player and then as a scout. He first arrived in the majors in 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves. He pitched in 19 games that year for Milwaukee, going 1-0 with a 2.02 ERA. He made 15 starts for the Braves in 1955 and put together a 10-9 campaign while striking out a career-high 76 hitters. Crone won 11 more games for the Braves in 1956 but was traded to the New York Giants the following season for future Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst. He was not as effective for the Giants, seeing his ERA jump to 6.75 in 1958, which would be his last year in the big leagues. He continued to pitch in the minors through 1961 when he retired. Crone finished with a lifetime record of 30-30.
Following his playing career, Crone worked as a scout for the Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ray Crone – career stats