|St. Louis Cardinals – No. 21|
July 18, 1984 |
Mission Viejo, California
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 8, 2010 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
(through May 15, 2013)
|Runs batted in||180|
|Career highlights and awards|
Early life and amateur career 
Allen Craig was born in Mission Viejo, California to parents Ron and Kim Craig and raised in Temecula, California. While still in youth baseball Craig played for the 14-and-under USA Baseball team, playing games in Venezuela. Allen Craig attended Chaparral High School in Temecula where he was a two-sport standout in baseball and basketball. As a senior he earned first team all-league and all-valley honors in basketball while also setting a school record with 94 three-pointers. In the summer of 2002 Craig played for the USA Junior National team, helping them earn a bronze medal at the IABF World Junior Championship.
Craig went to the University of California, Berkeley, and was a four-year starter for the California Golden Bears baseball team at a variety of infield positions. Following his junior year, in which he was named an honorable mention to the All-Pac Ten baseball team and academic team, Allen Craig was named first-team shortstop for Baseball America's 2005 College Summer All-America team.
Professional career 
St. Louis Cardinals 
Craig was drafted by the Cardinals in the 8th round of the 2006 draft. Craig showed power at all levels of the Cardinal farm system, hitting 76 home runs in 3½ seasons in the minors. He made the Cardinals big-league club in 2010, and appeared in his first MLB game on April 8, 2010. Craig hit his first home run on July 19, 2010 off of the Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Kendrick.
With his 2-out go-ahead pinch-single in Game 1 of the 2011 World Series, Allen Craig became the 1st player with 2 go-ahead RBIs as a pinch-hitter in World Series play. After hitting a home run earlier in the game, Craig caught the last out of the 2011 World Series, the 11th World Series championship for the St. Louis Cardinals. Craig tied a World Series record held by Kiki Cuyler and Hank Greenberg with three game-winning RBIs.
After beginning the 2012 season on the disabled list, Craig was activated on May 1, 2012, and made his season debut that day. Erik Komatsu was designated for assignment to make room. Craig spent the majority of the 2012 season at first base where he hit .307 with 22 home runs and 92 RBI's in just 119 games. He lead all major league players with a .400 batting average when runners are in scoring position.
Craig is now the primary first baseman for the Cardinals after the departure of Lance Berkman following the 2012 season. On March 8, 2013 the Cardinals announced they had reached agreement on a five-year contract with Craig, with a team option for a sixth season. The $31 mllion dollar deal buys out Craig's three future arbitration-eligible years as well as his first year of free agency. Craig would earn $13 million in the 2018 season if the Cardinals use their optional sixth year.
Personal life 
Allen Craig holds a degree in Social Welfare from the University of California-Berkeley. On November 12, 2011 he married long-time girlfriend, Marie LaMarca. The couple reside in their mutual hometown of Temecula, California along with their daughter Eden and pet tortoise, Torty. Torty, who Craig has had since a hatchling, has served as an informal mascot for the Cardinals. When growing up, Craig says his favorite baseball player was Ken Griffey, Jr. and he was also a fan of Cal Ripken, Jr.. His favorite movies are Major League and Major League II. Craig enjoys golf as a hobby, having played since being introduced to the game as a small child by his father, and also enjoys playing basketball.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- "Player bio:Allen Craig". University of California Sports Information Department. 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- "Cardinals give Craig multi-year deal". Fox Sports Midwest. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- Langosch, Jennifer (May 1, 2012). "Cards activate Craig; designate Komatsu". cardinals.com.
- Langosch, Jenifer (8 March 2013). "Craig humbled by five-year contract with Cards". MLB.com via St. Louis Cardinals website. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- DiMeglio, Steve (16 April 2011). "Get to know: Cardinals' Allen Craig fills in all over the field". USA Today.com. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- Langosch, Jenifer (24 December 2012). "Holiday Q & A with Allen Craig". MLB.com via St. Louis Cardinals official website.