September 17, 1900|
|Died: January 10, 1980
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|May 31, 1924 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1935 for the New York Giants|
|Career highlights and awards|
In his first major league game he had two hits off Hall-of-Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, and went on to hit .322 in 102 games, with 19 stolen bases, as a rookie.
Through the 1920s, he was an extremely solid, speedy, good-hitting second baseman for many decent Reds teams although the team began to decline in the late 1920s, finishing 7th in the 8-team National League in 1929 and 1930. In the Reds' best year with Critz on the team, Template:1926, they finished 2nd in the league two games behind the champion St. Louis Cardinals. Alongside the Reds' success that year, he also had what could easily be considered[by whom?] his best season, batting .270 with 3 homers and 79 RBIs. He tied his career high for triples with 14 and had his next-best career high in RBIs with 79. He finished 2nd in MVP voting, behind only Bob O'Farrell.
Although his speed numbers only decreased from his rookie season, when he stole 19 bases, he still averaged 11 SB's per season for his career.
In 1930, his career took a sudden turn when he was traded to the Giants for pitcher Larry Benton. With them, he won a World Series in 1933, had more quality years and retired on September 27, Template:1935.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference