Sam Crane (cranesa01)

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Samuel Newhall Crane

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 190 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Sam Crane played seven years in the majors, but became much more famous afterwards as a sportswriter. He was perhaps the most-esteemed sportswriter of his time.

Crane broke into the majors at a rather advanced age. He had played for Fall River in 1876 and been team captain. When he came to the majors, he was player-manager, although since he suffered an injury early in the year, he did more managing than playing. He umpired a total of 8 National League games between 1879 and 1890. Not much with the bat, Sam hit .203 in 373 games. His playing career came to a bizarre end when he was arrested after stealing $1,500 from a fruit dealer whose wife Sam had been having an affair with. He overcame this inglorious ending to become a sportswriter, his last 25 years spent with the New York Evening Journal. In his day, he was known as the "dean of baseball writers".

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1880 Buffalo Bisons National League 20-50 7th Replaced Bill McGunnigle (4-8) on May 25
1884 Cincinnati Outlaw Reds Union Association 3rd replaced Dan O'Leary
1888 Scranton Miners Central League 55-51 4th

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