Lew Krausse (krausle01)
Lewis Bernard Krausse Sr.
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 167 lb.
- Debut June 11, 1931
- Final Game September 2, 1932
- Born June 8, 1912 in Media, PA USA
- Died September 6, 1988 in Sarasota, FL USA
Lew Krausse pitched 14 seasons from 1931 to 1946, two in the Major Leagues and 12 in the minors, losing two years to the Military. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II (1944-1945) (BN).
He pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1931 and 1932 and only then played minor league ball. His major league record was 5-1. Although the Athletics won the pennant in 1931, he did not appear in the 1931 World Series. His son, Lew Krausse, pitched in the majors from 1961 to 1974.
On September 2, 1932, Krausse shut out the Boston Red Sox, 15-0. Five days later, he injured his arm in an exhibition game against the Stroudsburg Poconos and though only 20 years old, his big league career was over.
As historian Lyle Spatz notes, in 1961, Lew Krausse, Jr. pitched a shutout for the KC A's in his major league debut, giving the Krausses (father and son) back-to-back shutouts twenty-nine years apart. Even more remarkably, both shutouts were their first games in Organized Ball.
Krausse began his long minor long career with the 1933 Albany Senators and Montreal Royals, going 1-2. He then moved to the Harrisburg Senators and went 3-4 with a 3.74 ERA. In Harrisburg in '34, he was 8-11 with a 5.01 ERA. The next season, Lew improved to 15-11, 4.09 for Harrisburg and the Elmira Pioneers. Krausse went 24-9 with a 3.05 ERA for the '36 Pioneers; he was second in the New York-Penn League in both wins (one behind Hugh Mulcahy and ERA (trailing Walt Singer).
In 1937, the Elmira ace was 17-9, 3.34 and tied for fourth in the league in wins. The league became the Eastern League in '38 and Lew was 18-12 with a 2.88 ERA for the Pioneers. He tied for third in wins and was fifth in ERA. In 1939, still just 26/27, Krausse pitched briefly for Elmira and the Columbus Senators, but spent most of the year with the Little Rock Travelers, going 8-11 with a 5.34 ERA. He struggled with Little Rock in '40 as well (5-9, 4.58) and moved on to the Scranton Red Sox, where he was 4-6 with a 2.72 ERA.
Remaining in Scranton, Krausse was 15-9 with a 2.70 ERA in 1941 and tied for 7th in the EL in wins. In '42, Krausse was 10-10, 2.39 for Scranton. He moved south a bit in 1943, going 3-2 with the Lancaster Red Roses before he joined the military. Returning as player/manager in '46, Lew was 11-12, 4.29 for the Federalsburg A's. Overall, Krausse Sr. was 142-117 in the minors.
Krausse also managed the 1947 Americus Phillies, 1948 Vandergrift Pioneers, 1954 Schenectady Blue Jays, 1955 Bradford Phillies, 1957 Mattoon Athletics, 1958 Winona A's, and 1964 Daytona Beach Islanders.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1946||Federalsburg Athletics||Eastern Shore League||37-87||8th||Philadelphia A's|
|1947||Americus Phillies||Georgia-Florida League||6th||Philadelphia Phillies||replaced Jack Sanford|
|1948||Vandergrift Pioneers||Middle Atlantic League||1st||Philadelphia Phillies||Lost League Finals||replaced George Gadaska on July 15|
|1954||Schenectady Blue Jays||Eastern League||22-34||8th||Philadelphia Phillies||replaced George Stirnweiss (35-49) on July 17|
|1955||Bradford Phillies||PONY League||2nd||Philadelphia Phillies||Lost in 1st round||replaced by Pat Colgan from May 2 to May 6|
|1957||Mattoon Athletics||Midwest League||43-82||8th||Kansas City A's|
|1958||Winona A's||Three-I League||5th||Kansas City A's||replaced Leverette Spencer on July 22|
|1964||Daytona Beach Islanders||Florida State League||5th||Kansas City A's||replaced Grady Wilson on July 25|