DETROIT TIGERS HISTORY
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Sam Crawford

Samuel Earl Crawford
Wahoo Sam
Born: 4/18/1880 in Wahoo, NE USA
Died: 6/15/1968 in Hollywood, CA USA
Bats: L   Throws: L
Height: 6.0   Weight: 190 lb.
Sam Crawford of the Detroit Tigers
Tiger Years
1903 — 1917

1907 American League Champion
1908 American League Champion
1909 American League Champion
1957 Baseball Hall of Fame

PRIMARY POSITION

RF

All-Time
Tigers Ranking

#6   Harry Heilmann
#7   Sam Crawford
#8   Hal Newhouser
All rankings

Player Bio | Stats

On most teams, Sam Crawford would have been "the man" during his peak seasons during the deadball era, but the star shared the outfield with Ty Cobb who overshadowed him for most of his career.

Crawford came to be a Tiger because of a dispute between the two major leagues that was resolved by a judge. Crawford was under contract with Cincinnati in the National League in 1903 when he "jumped" to the American League and put his name on a contract with the Tigers. The two leagues were at war with each other over rights to players, but Crawford was awarded to the new AL. In Detroit he immediately became the team's best offensive player, providing power in the middle of the lineup. By the time Cobb arrived in 1905, Crawford was the established star in Detroit.

Though Crawford was seven years older than Cobb, the younger player refused to "stay in his place" as a rookie and soon was alienated from most of his teammates. Crawford and Cobb never had a particular falling out, but they were not the same kind of people: Sam was quiet and loyal to a small group of friends, while Cobb was cocky and a loner. The two had a prickly coexistence on the Tigers for 13 years, usually batting next to each other in the order, and of course playing adjacent to one another in the outfield.

Crawford was a master at hitting triples, leading the league in that category six times on his way to a record 309 for his career. He also won two home run titles (one in each league) and led the AL in RBIs three times. he finished his MLB career in 1917 when he struggled out of the gate and retired in mid-season. Bu he was far from done playing, he went home to California and signed a deal with the Pacific Coast League, where he earned more money than the Tigers had ever paid him. He showed off his skill with his bat for several more seasons, playing until he was 41.

Though the two were never friends, Cobb campaigned for Crawford's election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Sam was eventually inducted in 1957 when he was 77 years old.

Career Record

YearTeam LgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1899CINNL31127253937120620.3070.3180.46504
1900CINNL10138968101151575914280.2600.3140.42934
1901CINNL1315159117020161610413370.3300.3780.52434
1902CINNL14055592185182237816470.3330.3860.46116
1903DETAL13755088184232548918250.3350.3660.489225
1904DETAL15056249143221627320440.2540.3090.361011
1905DETAL15457573171381067522500.2970.3570.43033
1906DETAL14556365166251627224380.2950.3410.40718
1907DETAL144582102188341748118370.3230.3660.460211
1908DETAL152591102184331678015370.3110.3550.457323
1909DETAL15658983185351469730470.3140.3660.452125
1910DETAL154588831702619512020370.2890.3320.423124
1911DETAL1465741092173614711537610.3780.4380.526013
1912DETAL149581811893021410941420.3250.3730.470219
1913DETAL1536097819332239831352280.3170.3710.489010
1914DETAL1575827418322268104251669310.3140.3880.483122
1915DETAL1566128118331194112241466290.2990.3670.431016
1916DETAL100322419211130421037100.2860.3590.40109
1917DETAL61104618402120460.1730.2040.26904

Totals2517957013912961458309971525366307601040.3090.3620.45202324100
Per 162162616901912920698242497011600
DET2114798411152466402249701264317306461040.3090.3620.44801622300

Postseason Batting Record

YearRound TeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1907WSDETAL52115100300030.2380.2380.28600000
1908WSDETAL52125100100120.2380.2730.28610000
1909WSDETAL72847301410110.2500.2760.46400000

Totals1770717501810260.2430.2640.35710000

Feats & Milestones

FeatMDYTeamLgOppLocDetails
1000th Hit001906DETAL
1500th Hit001908DETAL
2000th Hit001911DETAL
2500th Hit001914DETAL

Hitting Streaks

GamesYearTeamLgFromToABHR2B3BHRRBIBBSOSB
231909DETA//
201903DETA//

Hall of Fame Voting

YearBallotCategoryVotesPCT
1936BBWAAPlayer10.4
1937BBWAAPlayer52.5
1938BBWAAPlayer114.2
1939BBWAAPlayer62.2
1942BBWAAPlayer20.9
1945BBWAAPlayer41.6
1946Nominating VotePlayer94.5
1957VeteransPlayer
75% needed for election by the BBWAA