William Michael Crowley
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Weight 159 lb.
- Debut April 26, 1875
- Final Game October 10, 1885
- Born April 8, 1857 in Philadelphia, PA USA
- Died July 14, 1891 in Gloucester, NJ USA
"Crowley was a fine batsman, superior outfielder and a good catcher, and one of the best long and line throwers in the profession." - Sporting Life, July 18, 1891
Bill Crowley played eight seasons in the majors. He started with the 1875 National Association and then played several years in the young National League. He also played briefly in the 1883 American Association.
Bill is one of few players to get four outfield assists in a game, something he did twice.
Bill was only 18 when he played for the 1875 Philadelphia Whites, making him the youngest player on the team. In future years he moved around to various teams, coming back to Philly years later with the 1883 Philadelphia Athletics.
His best year with the bat was probably in 1884, when he played for the 1884 Boston Beaneaters and hit .270 with a .378 SLG. The league that year hit .240 with a .347 SLG.
His obituary and a sketch appeared in the July 18, 1891 issue of Sporting Life. Although he was born in Philly, his parents moved when he was 12 to Gloucester, NJ where he worked at a print works and played amateur ball with a couple local clubs. After his major league days he played in the minors, finishing with New Haven. He was a close friend of Hardy Richardson.