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Encyclopedia > Del Crandall
Del Crandall on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1958.
Del Crandall on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1958.

Delmar Wesley Crandall (born March 5, 1930 in Ontario, California) is a retired American baseball player and manager. He was considered one of the premier catchers in the National League during the heyday of his career, the 1950s, with the Milwaukee Braves. Image File history File links Del_Crandall. ... Image File history File links Del_Crandall. ... July 1999 cover showing soccer star Brandi Chastain Sports Illustrated is a popular weekly American sports magazine owned by media giant Time Warner. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Ontario Mills Ontario is a city located in San Bernardino County, California. ... Baseball is a team sport in which a player on one team (the pitcher) attempts to throw a hard, fist-sized ball at a player on the other team (the batter), who attempts to hit the baseball with a tapered, smooth, cylindrical bat that can be made out of either... The position of the catcher Catcher is a position played in baseball. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ...


Crandall was only 19 when he first played in a Major League Baseball game, with the 1949 Boston Braves. He appeared in 146 games for Boston in 1949-50 before entering military service during the Korean War. When his two-year hitch was over, in March 1953, the Braves suddenly abandoned Boston for Milwaukee, where they soon became both successful on the field and phenomenally popular off it. Crandall seized the regular catcher's job and held it from 1953 through 1960, handling star Braves pitchers such as Baseball Hall of Fame lefthander Warren Spahn and righthanders Lew Burdette and Bob Buhl. The Braves won NL pennants in 1957 and 1958, and the World Series championship in '57. Crandall was a superb defensive catcher with a strong arm; he was selected as an All-Star in 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1962. A powerful righthanded hitter, he topped the 20 home run mark three times. Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876-present) East Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1995 â€¢ 1957 â€¢ 1914 NL Pennants (17) 1999 â€¢ 1996 â€¢ 1995 â€¢ 1992 1991 â€¢ 1958 â€¢ 1957 â€¢ 1948 1914 â€¢ 1898 â€¢ 1897 â€¢ 1893 1892 â€¢ 1891 â€¢ 1883 â€¢ 1878 1877 East Division titles (11) 2005... Overview map of the Korean War The Korean War from June 25, 1950 to cease-fire on July 27, 1953 (the war has not ended officially), was a conflict between North Korea and South Korea. ... A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, pitching is the act of throwing the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to make contact with it, or draw a walk. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display... Warren Spahn as a member of the Boston Braves Warren Edward Spahn (April 23, 1921 – November 24, 2003) was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for 21 seasons, all in the National League. ... Lew Burdette, born Selva Lewis Burdette, Jr. ... Bob Buhl, born Robert Ray Buhl (August 12, 1928 - February 16, 2001), was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played with the Milwaukee Braves (1953-62), Chicago Cubs (1962-66) and Philadelphia Phillies (1966-67). ... See also: 1956 in sports, other events of 1957, 1958 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Buck Baker Indianapolis 500 - Sam Hanks USAC Racing - Jimmy Bryan won the season championship Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of Le Mans... See also: 1957 in sports, other events of 1958, 1959 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 - Jimmy Bryan USAC Racing - Tony Bettenhausen won the season championship Formula One Championship - Mike Hawthorn of Great Britain February 23 - Cuban rebels kidnap... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The 1957 World Series featured the defending champion New York Yankees against the Milwaukee Braves, who had won their first pennant since moving from Boston in 1953. ... All-star (also, Allstar or All Star) is a term with meanings in both the worlds of sports and entertainment. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run scored by each runner who was already on base), with no errors by the defensive team on...


Crandall averaged 125 games caught during the peak of his career, and he paid the price, missing most of the 1961 season due to arm trouble. While Crandall did come back to catch 90 games in 1962 - and make his final NL All-Star squad - he was soon replaced by Joe Torre as the Braves' regular catcher. After 1963, he was traded from the Braves and spent his final three major league seasons with the San Francisco Giants (1964), Pittsburgh Pirates (1965), and Cleveland Indians (1966). In 1,573 games over 16 seasons, he finished with a batting average of .254 with 179 home runs. Joe Torre returning to the dugout, September 2005. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883-present) West Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1954 â€¢ 1933 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1905  NL Pennants (20) 2002 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1954 1951 â€¢ 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1933 1924 â€¢ 1923 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1917 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1912 â€¢ 1911 1905 â€¢ 1904 â€¢ 1889 â€¢ 1888 West Division titles (6... Major league affiliations National League (1887-present) Central Division (1994-present) East Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1886) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1979 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1960 â€¢ 1925 1909 NL Pennants (9) 1979 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1960 â€¢ 1927 1925 â€¢ 1909 â€¢ 1903 â€¢ 1902 1901 Central Division titles (0) None East Division... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) East Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1948 â€¢ 1920 AL Pennants (5) 1997 â€¢ 1995 â€¢ 1954 â€¢ 1948 1920 Central Division titles (6) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1997 1996 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ...


Crandall eventually turned to managing and piloted two American League clubs, the Milwaukee Brewers (1972-75) and the Seattle Mariners (1983-84). In each case he was hired to try to right a losing team in mid-season, but he never enjoyed a winning campaign with either team, and finished with a managing record of 364-469 (.437). In between those AL stints, he was a highly successful manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers' top farm club, the Albuquerque Dukes of the AAA Pacific Coast League, and he remained in the Dodger organization as a special catching instructor well into his 60s. American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998-present) Central Division (1998-present) American League (1969-1997) Central Division (1994-1997) East Division (1972-1993) West Division (1969-1971) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None AL Pennants (1) 1982 Central Division titles (0) None AL East... Major league affiliations American League (1977-present) West Division (1977-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1997 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths (1) 2000 Best Finish: Beat New York Yankees in Division Series in 1995 Season. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) West Division (1969-present) American Association (1884-1889) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1955 NL Pennants (21) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1978 â€¢ 1977 1974 â€¢ 1966 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1955 â€¢ 1953 1952 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 â€¢ 1941 1920 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1900... The Albuquerque Dukes were a minor league baseball team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ...


Crandall appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice: Once by himself, and once with a group of other players. July 1999 cover showing soccer star Brandi Chastain Sports Illustrated is a popular weekly American sports magazine owned by media giant Time Warner. ...


A Rock and Roll band from Connecticut named it's self "The Del Crandalls" after him.They sent their namesake a tape and a flyer promroting one of their shows and Mr. Crandall sent his aproval.


External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com - Career playing record
  • Baseball-Reference.com - Career managing record
  • [1]- The Band ,The Del Crandalls.
Preceded by:
Dave Bristol
Milwaukee Brewers Manager
1972-1975
Succeeded by:
Harvey Kuenn
Preceded by:
Rene Lachemann
Seattle Mariners Manager
1983-1984
Succeeded by:
Chuck Cottier

  Results from FactBites:
 
Del Crandall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (491 words)
Crandall was only 19 when he first played in a Major League Baseball game, with the 1949 Boston Braves.
Crandall seized the regular catcher's job and held it from 1953 through 1960, handling star Braves pitchers such as Baseball Hall of Fame lefthander Warren Spahn and righthanders Lew Burdette and Bob Buhl.
Crandall was a superb defensive catcher with a strong arm; he was selected as an All-Star in 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1962.
American Heroes (2116 words)
Del Crandall was called up from the minors by the Boston Braves in June of 1949 and quickly proved one of the best catching finds in years.
Del Crandall won recognition as one of baseball's top catchers and was a team leader in the Milwaukee Braves' World Championship team in 1957 and in 1958 when the Braves won their second straight pennant.
Crandall was traded to the Giants in 1964 and later played one season for the Pirates and one for the Indians.
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