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 was a walks machine, drawing 100-plus in three seasons while leading the National League in back to back seasons (1892 and 1893) with the St. Louis Browns. His 136 walks in 1892 stood as an all-time record until 1911. In eight seasons, Crooks batted .241/.386/.322 with four teams. A particular highlight of his career came in 1890 with the Columbus Solons of the American Association when he hit an inside-the-park grand slam.
In 1891, still with the Solons, Crooks played in a game that the Milwaukee Brewers had shifted to Minneapolis close to the end of the season, as a way to attract fans that normally could not see a major league game. It was the first time a regular major league game in Minnesota and would be the last 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.
|St. Louis Browns Manager
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1892||St. Louis Browns||National League||27-33||--||replaced Jack Glasscock (1-3) and Cub Stricker (6-17) on May 21 /|
replaced by George Gore on August 1
- 2-time NL Bases on Balls Leader (1892 & 1893)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1891)
- 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 2 (1890 & 1891)