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Sam Crane (cranesa02)
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Samuel Byrem Crane (Lucky or Red)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11½", Weight 154 lb.
- Debut October 2, 1914
- Final Game April 23, 1922
- Born September 13, 1894 in Harrisburg, PA USA
- Died November 12, 1955 in Philadelphia, PA USA
 Biographical Information
Sam Crane played seven seasons in the big leagues, in two different stints. First, he was up in the majors in 1914-17. Born in Pennsylvania, he was with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1914-16, at a time when they were great (in 1914) and then dismantling the team (1915-16) and doing terrible. He also appeared in 32 games for the 1917 Senators. Then, after spending 1918-19 in the minors with Baltimore and Indianapolis, he came back to the majors in 1920-21 with the Cincinnati Reds, with whom he got most of his major league at-bats, and finally in 1922 with the 1922 Brooklyn Robins for three games.
Crane, a shortstop, played 11 seasons in the minors. He spent 1922-1925 with Seattle.
According to a Sporting News article in the spring of 1930, Crane was convicted of the murder of his sweetheart and her suitor in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was sentenced to a term in a Pennsylvania state penitentiary of 18 to 36 years. Other sources, indicate he was finally paroled in 1944.