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June 17, 1968

FITCHBURG SENTINEL, Massachusets, June 17, 1968 

* Sam Crawford death 
* Detroit Tigers 

This 20 page newspaper has a one column headline on page 7: "Hall of Famer Sam Crawford Dies At Age 88"

Tells of the death a famous major league baseball star Sam Crawford.

Other news of the day. Minor spine wear, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes:
Major League Baseball player, Samuel Earl Crawford (April 18, 1880 – June 15, 1968), nicknamed "Wahoo Sam", played outfield for the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1957.

Crawford batted and threw left-handed, stood 6'0" tall and weighed 190 pounds. He was one of the greatest sluggers of the dead-ball era and still holds the Major League's records for triples in a career (309) and inside-the-park home runs in a season (12). He has the second best all-time record for most inside-the-park home runs in a career (51). He finished his career with 2,961 hits and a .309 batting average, and became first player to lead both American League and the National League in home runs (1901 and 1908).

Baseball legend, Ed Barrow, who managed Crawford in his first two years with Detroit, and went on to convert Babe Ruth to an outfielder as general manager of the Yankees, once said that “there never was a better hitter” than Crawford.”[1] One of his contemporaries, Fielder Jones, said of Crawford: “None of them can hit quite as hard as Crawford. He stands up at the plate like a brick house and he hits all the pitchers, without playing favorites.”

Crawford was among the American League leaders in hits, RBI, extra base hits, slugging percentage, and total bases every year for eleven consecutive years from 1905-1915. Using the “Gray Ink Test,” which awards points based on how often a player is among the league batting leaders, Crawford ranks as the 9th best hitter of all time, ahead of greats such as Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, and Barry Bonds, among others.

Category: The 20th Century

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