Pat Crawford (baseball)

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Pat Crawford
Second baseman
Born: (1902-01-28)January 28, 1902
Society Hill, South Carolina, U.S.
Died: January 25, 1994(1994-01-25) (aged 91)
Morehead City, North Carolina, U.S.
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1929, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1934, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average.280
Home runs9
Runs batted in104

Clifford Rankin "Pat" Crawford, a.k.a. "Captain Pat", (January 28, 1902 – January 25, 1994) was an American major league baseball player. He graduated from Sumter High School, class of 1919.[1] Crawford graduated from Davidson College, and received his master's degree from The Ohio State University. He played baseball for several semi-pro and minor league teams throughout the 1920s including a stint as the left fielder for the 1922 Kinston Highwaymen in the Eastern Carolina Baseball Association, an independent or "outlaw league" team not affiliated with the National Association. Crawford got his big break in 1929 when he made it to the majors with the New York Giants, which were still being managed by the Hall of Famer John McGraw. On May 26, 1929, Crawford hit a pinch-hit grand slam off Socks Seibold in the sixth inning. Les Bell then hit a seventh-inning pinch-hit grand slam off Carl Hubbell. This was the only time in history that two pinch-hit grand slams were hit in the same game. In 1931 and 1932, he had over 237 and 236 hits respectively for minor league Columbus, Ohio.[2] He went in and out of the majors through the 1934 season and was named league MVP of the American Association while playing for the Columbus Senators in 1932. In 1934, Crawford found himself playing on the world champion St. Louis Cardinals. The last two games of his major league career were World Series games. His teammates on the Gashouse Gang that year included HOFers Frankie Frisch, Leo Durocher, Joe Medwick, Dizzy Dean, and Burleigh Grimes. All told, Crawford had a .280 batting average with 9 home runs and 104 RBI in 318 major league games. He was one of the initial inductees in the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame on February 11, 1983.

Crawford died on January 25, 1994, in Morehead City, North Carolina, three days shy of what would have been his 92nd birthday. He was the last surviving member of the 1934 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.


  1. ^ "The watchman and southron. [volume] (Sumter, S.C.) 1881-1930, June 14, 1919, Image 7". 14 June 1919.
  2. ^ Cardinals' Media Relations, ed. (2001). St. Louis Cardinals 2001 Media Guide. Hadler Printing Company. pp. D-20.

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