Sam Crane (cranesa01)
Samuel Newhall Crane
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 190 lb.
- Debut May 1, 1880
- Final Game June 28, 1890
- Born January 2, 1854 in Springfield, MA USA
- Died June 26, 1925 in New York, NY USA
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
|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|