Harry Francis Craft
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
- School Mississippi College
- High School Throckmorton High School
- Debut September 19, 1937
- Final Game July 14, 1942
- Born April 19, 1915 in Ellisville, MS USA
- Died August 3, 1995 in Conroe, TX USA
His best year with the bat was 1938, however, before the pennant-winning seasons, when he hit 15 home runs and had 83 RBI, both in the top ten in the National League. On June 15th, he caught the final out of Johnny Vander Meer's second consecutive no-hitter (). He went on to play for the Kansas City Blues from 1942 to 1948, missing the 1944 and 1945 seasons due to military service.
After his playing career ended, he became a manager in the New York Yankees system, managing Mickey Mantle in his first years of pro ball. Craft managed the Independence Yankees (1949), Joplin Miners (1950), Beaumont Roughnecks (1951-1952), and Kansas City Blues (1953-1954).
Craft joined the Kansas City Athletics coaching staff in 1955 and replaced Lou Boudreau as the team's manager in 1957. He remained with the team through the 1959 season and became a Chicago Cubs coach in 1960. He managed the Cubs in 1961 as a member of the club's College of Coaches. He left the Cubs the next season to manage the expansion Houston Colt .45s. Craft was fired as skipper near the end of the 1964 season. He remained in the game as a scout for the Yankees (1967-1972), Houston Astros (1975-1977), Yankees again (1978-1982), and the San Francisco Giants (1983-1991), and farm system official retiring in 1991.
|Kansas City Athletics Manager
|Houston Colt .45s Manager