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Norman Craig Anderson

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Craig Anderson was a promising young pitcher who had the misfortune to get picked up by the New York Mets in the expansion draft.

In 1961, he had gone 4-3 in 25 games as a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals, with an ERA of 3.26, at the age of 22. From 1962 to 1964, his record with the hapless Mets was 3-20. He also had 4 saves in 1962 which, sad to say, led the team. On May 12th that year, Anderson was the winning pitcher for both games of a doubleheader against the Milwaukee Braves at the Polo Grounds. Both games ended with walk-off home runs. Hobie Landrith homered with two out in the 9th to win the first game, 3-2; Gil Hodges homered with one out in the 9th to win the second game, 8-7. In 1963 with the Mets, he started in the last game ever played in the Polo Grounds.

Anderson was the first player from Lehigh University to ever make the major leagues. He pitched a no-hitter while in college and struck out 289 batters in 189 innings. After graduating from college, he played for Tulsa and posted a 1.68 ERA in 1961. He came to the majors with the Cardinals that same year.

His career as a professional baseball player lasted seven seasons. After that, he returned to Lehigh where he served as pitching coach for 34 years and also in university administration. He is in the Lehigh Sports Hall of Fame.

Major leaguer Paul Hartzell benefited from Anderson's instruction at Lehigh, saying:

"As a coach, Craig taught me the single most important thing that allowed me to go from Lehigh to the majors in less than ten months. He taught me how to read a hitter and pitch to them based on my best stuff that day."

One source: Lehigh Sports Hall of Fame, N. Craig Anderson

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