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Delmar Wesley Crandall

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[edit] Biographical Information

Del Crandall was a frequent All-Star who was esteemed for his catching and also hit pretty well. Playing most of his sixteen-year major league career with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves starting at age 19, he played in the 1957 and 1958 World Series.

In the 1957 Series he mostly hit eighth in the order, while in the 1958 Series he hit sixth or seventh. Given that he had hit .272 with 18 home runs during the 1958 regular season, he gave the Braves a strong bat in the lower part of the lineup.

Crandall came up originally in 1949 and so predated the debuts of both Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron, but he was in the service in 1952 when Mathews made his debut. Warren Spahn was in his fifth year with the Braves when Crandall came up in 1949.

Because Crandall was in more games each season than you might expect from a catcher, the similarity scores method chooses players from a variety of positions as the most similar, and most of them don't seem good comparisons. Perhaps the best comparisons are his contemporaries Sherm Lollar and Elston Howard.

After stints as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners and a season as a California Angels coach (1977), Crandall was a radio broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox from 1985 to 1988.

Crandall also managed many years in the minors, perhaps most notably spending eight years with the Albuquerque Dodgers and Albuquerque Dukes as part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. In 1969, he managed the young Steve Garvey and Ron Cey while in 1979 he managed another generation of young players such as Pedro Guerrero, Mike Scioscia and Mickey Hatcher.

Crandall missed the 1951 and 1952 seasons due to military service at the time of the Korean War.

Del Crandall was born in Ontario, CA, later the birthplace of Prince Fielder.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 8-time NL All-Star (1953-1956, 1958-1960 & 1962)
  • 4-time NL Gold Glove Winner (1958-1960 & 1962)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1954, 1955 & 1959)
  • Won a World Series with the Milwaukee Braves in 1957


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

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1969 Albuquerque Dodgers Texas League 67-69 5th Los Angeles Dodgers
1970 Albuquerque Dodgers Texas League 83-52 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1971 Evansville Triplets American Association 60-78 8th Milwaukee Brewers
1972 Evansville Triplets American Association 20-17 -- Milwaukee Brewers -- replaced by Al Widmar (5-2)/Mike Roarke (58-38)
Milwaukee Brewers American League 54-70 6th Milwaukee Brewers replaced Dave Bristol (10-20) and Roy McMillan (1-1) on May 30
1973 Milwaukee Brewers American League 74-88 5th Milwaukee Brewers
1974 Milwaukee Brewers American League 76-86 5th Milwaukee Brewers
1975 Milwaukee Brewers American League 67-94 -- Milwaukee Brewers replaced by Harvey Kuenn on September 28
1976 Salinas Angels California League 91-49 1st California Angels Lost League Finals
1978 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League 78-62 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers Co-Champs
1979 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League 86-62 1st Los Angeles Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1980 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League 85-62 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1981 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League 94-38 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1982 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League 85-58 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1983 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League 43-32 -- Los Angeles Dodgers replaced by Terry Collins (42-26)
Seattle Mariners American League 34-55 7th Seattle Mariners replaced Rene Lachemann (26-47) on June 25
1984 Seattle Mariners American League 59-76 -- Seattle Mariners replaced by Chuck Cottier on September 1
1996 San Bernardino Stampede California League 70-70 7th Los Angeles Dodgers
1997 San Bernardino Stampede California League 50-51 -- Los Angeles Dodgers -- replaced by Dino Ebel on July 22

[edit] Further Reading

  • Gregory H. Wolf: "Del Crandall", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Thar's Joy in Braveland: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 59-66. ISBN 978-1933599717

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