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William Arthur Cristall (Lefty)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 145 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Bill Cristall was the first Major League Baseball player from the Ukraine. His 4.84 ERA in the first year of the new major-league American League was not impressive, but as a hitter he was able to post a .350 batting average.

He played for Toledo in 1903-04. The February 8, 1908 issue of Sporting Life indicates that Troy was trying to acquire him from New Orleans, and that he had previously played for Albany and Syracuse.

He won over 100 games in the minors in a career that stretched from 1898 to 1917

He is included in the Jewish Major Leaguers Upper Deck baseball card collection.

He is one of three major leaguers from Odessa, Ukraine.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1913 Appleton Papermakers Wisconsin-Illinois League 43-82 8th none
1914 Adrian Fencevilles Southern Michigan Association -- -- replaced by Cal Henderson
1915 Hamilton Hams Canadian League -- -- replaced by Gus Ziemer
1919 Bay City Wolves Michigan-Ontario League -- -- replaced by Calvin Wenger

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