Charles John Crooks
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 170 lb.
- Debut September 26, 1889
- Final Game August 3, 1898
- Born November 9, 1865 in St. Paul, MN USA
- Died February 2, 1918 in St. Louis, MO USA
Jack Crooks didn't hit much but he knew how to draw a walk. He led the National League twice and was second in the league twice. His 136 walks in 1892 blew past the previous record of 113 and wasn't broken until 1911.
In 1891, while with the Columbus Solons of the American Association, Cooks played in a game that the Milwaukee Brewers had shifted to Minneapolis, MN close to the end of the season, as a way to attract fans that normally couldn't see a major league game. It was the first time a regular major league game had been played in Minnesota, and would be the last time until 1961. Crooks was the lead-off batter and went 3-for-3. Three years later, he played for the Minneapolis Millers of the minor league Western League.
When one of the SABR chapters created an "All-Minnesota Team" of players born or raised in the state, Crooks was the second baseman.
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- 2-time NL Bases on Balls Leader (1892 & 1893)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1891)
- 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 2 (1890 & 1891)