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Before the 1950 season Jake Crawford signed as an amateur free agent with the St. Louis Browns. The outfielder was assigned to the Muskogee Reds of the class C Western Association for his first season and the 19-year-old responded by getting 125 base hits, including 20 round-trippers, in 475 at bats for a .263 average.

Jake had even a better year in 1951, upping his base hit total to 143, along with 23 home runs for a .302 average. In 1952, while with the Scranton Miners of the class A Eastern League, his home run total reached 27 and his batting average was a solid .288. This earned him a September call-up to the Browns where he made his debut against the Cleveland Indians on September 7th and singled in his first at-bat, but finished 2 for 11 overall for a .182 average. As things go this would be Jake's one and only shot at the major leagues.

Crawford spent the next five seasons (1953-1957) in the high minors, appearing in five different leagues, with five different teams but could not quite match his early career performances and wound up his pro baseball career with the Fort Worth Cats of the AA Texas League in 1957.

Jake spent a total of eight years in pro baseball, playing 1,000 games in the minors, with 3,431 at bats, 912 base hits, including 136 home runs, for a .265 batting average.

After baseball he spent 23 years as a patrolman for the Fort Worth, TX police department. Crawford died at his home on October 21, 2008 in Fort Worth, TX. He was 80 years old.

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