Delmar Wesley Crandall
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1½", Weight 195 lb.
- High School Fullerton (CA) High School
- Debut June 17, 1949
- Final Game September 14, 1966
- Born March 5, 1930 in Ontario, CA USA
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.
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.
- 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
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- 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