Gene Crumling

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Gene Crumling
Born: (1922-04-05)April 5, 1922
Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
Died: February 11, 2012(2012-02-11) (aged 89)
Yorkana, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 11, 1945
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1945
MLB statistics
Games played 6
At bats 12
Hits 1
Batting average .083

Eugene Leon Crumling (April 5, 1922 – February 11, 2012) was a backup catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1945 season. Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 180 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Born and raised in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, Crumling earned the nickname "Lefty" while a boy, before he began throwing right-handed. Born with the surname Crumbling, he dropped the 'b' from it following high school.[2]

Crumling was one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the majors during World War II. He joined the Cardinals late in the 1945 season, as part of a catching tandem that included Ken O'Dea, Del Rice and Walker Cooper. He posted a .083 batting average in six games.[3]

He also played for eight Minor league teams from 1941 through 1952, hitting a .236 average in 895 games.[4]

Besides this, he managed for three seasons in the Interstate League (1948, 1951) and the Pennsylvania–Ontario–New York League (1952).[4]

Following his baseball career, he worked as a bartender for many years.[2]

Crumling died in Yorkana, Pennsylvania, at the age of 89.[5]