Bill Cristall

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Bill Cristall
Bill Cristall 1902.jpg
Born: (1875-09-12)September 12, 1875
Odessa, Ukraine
Died: January 28, 1939(1939-01-28) (aged 63)
Buffalo, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 3, 1901, for the Cleveland Blues
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1901, for the Cleveland Blues
MLB statistics
Win-loss record 1-5
Earned run average 4.84
Strikeouts 12

William Arthur Cristall (September 12, 1875 - January 28, 1939) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played with the Cleveland Indians in 1901. Cristall batted and threw left-handed. His playing height and weight were listed as 5 foot 7 inches and 145 lbs.

Cristall made his major league debut on September 3, 1901. His time in the major leagues was short, as he only started and pitched in six career games. His career numbers were not so impressive, as his win-loss record would be 1–5, although he did pitch 5 complete games and his one win was a shutout. Although he had very few at bats, he was a respectable hitter, especially for a pitcher, as he had 7 hits in 20 at-bats, including two hits for triples, and finished with a career .350 batting average.

Cristall finished his career with a fielding percentage of .957, making only one error in his six starts. His last game would be on September 28, 1901. He was the first professional baseball player to be born in Ukraine and is one of only three players in Major League history, (the other two being Reuben Ewing and Izzy Goldstein to have been born in Ukraine. He is also the only Ukrainian baseball player to record a victory, a strikeout, a walk, a win, a loss, a complete game, a shutout, and a hit batter in major league history. Bill died on January 28, 1939 in Buffalo, New York.

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