April 5, 1922|
|Died: February 11, 2012
|September 11, 1945|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 1945|
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.
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.
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.
Following his baseball career, he worked as a bartender for many years.